How to prep for flu season

These handy tips should help you prepare for the upcoming flu season. Feel free to share what works for you in the comment section below.

Have you prepared for the upcoming flu season?
Have you prepared for the upcoming flu season?
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Fall is here, winter is on its way, and the flu virus is expected to start spreading soon. Are you prepared for the flu season? Here are some suggestions to help keep this virus away and comforting tips if the flu knocks on your door.

Prepared for Winter

Think about a vaccine

The flu vaccine is an option for people who want to prevent this illness . There are two vaccines to cover strains for the years 2013-2014. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) this year’s vaccine protects against three strains of the virus, or you can opt for a newer version that covers four strains.

There are brands that protect children ages six months and older, along with versions that are for adults 18 years and older. There is also a higher-potency vaccine for people over age 65. Most flu vaccines are grown in eggs, but now people with egg allergies can get a flu shot that has been developed egg-free. And for needle-shy folks, newer flu vaccines can be injected into the skin instead of the muscle, which is less painful. There is also a nasal spray approved for healthy people ages two through 49.

Time to boost your immune system

Whether you opt for a vaccine or not, boosting your immune system is a must. Vitamins and minerals keep a body healthy, so a nutritious diet along with supplements may help ward off illnesses.

Vitamins A, B6, C, and E along with the minerals zinc, iron, copper, and selenium are important for warding off colds. Try to eat a rainbow of foods and supplement your diet with at least a multivitamin and extra vitamin C all year, but especially during the fall and winter months.

Other immune boosting factors include getting enough sleep, exercising, and drinking plenty of health-boosting tea and water.

Freeze homemade chicken soup

We know that ingesting hot liquids when you have a cold is the gold standard, and chicken soup is known as liquid penicillin. Now is the time to cook up a large pot of chicken soup and portion the soup into containers in your freezer for future use. Make sure to load your soup with plenty of garlic and onions, known to work as antioxidants.

Over-the-counter aids

Time to stock up on cold remedies and items that help you feel comfortable while riding out a cold . Think about fever reducers, expectorants, cough syrup, throat drops, saline nose spray, and plenty of tissues.

Moving mucus out of your chest takes the germs along with it when you cough. Keep your mucus membranes (nose and throat) moist by using a humidifier or vaporizer. Use this inexpensive machine in your bedroom, especially when you sleep at night. The most important issue is to keep the machine clean and sanitize it frequently with white vinegar between uses.

These handy tips should help you prepare for the upcoming flu season. Feel free to share what works for you in the comment section below.