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The Info You Need to Fight the Flu

By Genevieve Cunningham

We're definitely in the cold and flu time of year. When the cooler winds blow in with fall, the germs seem to blow in too. While it's OK to catch an occasional cold, no one wants to deal with the flu. It's miserable! But what can we do to avoid it? While there's nothing that's 100 percent foolproof, there are some measures we can take to stay well. If you're interested in keeping the flu away from your family this year, take a look at this info you need to get started on prevention right now.

The Vaccine Is Not Perfect

Every year, there's a public push for getting the flu vaccine. For some members of the population, it's really important. These include the very young, the very old, and anyone with a weakened immune system. But even if you choose to get the vaccine, it's important to remember that it's not perfect. Though it raises your chances of avoiding the bug, it's still possible to get sick. This is why it's so important to keep up other good habits that help prevent the spread of the virus.

Germ Removal Is Best

The best way to prevent the flu is to keep the germ away from your body. While this isn't always possible, there are things you can do to make it easier. For starters, cover your mouth and nose in crowded places. You can do this with a mask, or you can use a scarf or jacket collar. It's also helpful to wash your hands regularly. If the germ does makes its way onto your body, washing frequently can get rid of it before it invades. The more prevention measures you take, the better chance you have of skipping the illness and staying well.

A Strong Immune System Helps

A strong immune system can help you fight illness -- flu included. Try to strengthen your immune system starting now. This can be done by eating a well balanced diet, participating in regular exercise, and consuming foods with Vitamin C. The stronger your immune system, the easier it is for your body to stay well during flu season or at any time of year.

Keeping away from the flu is a good idea. It's not fun, and in some cases, it can bring on dangerous side effects. Use these tips to keep yourself healthy this season, and keep up the habits for better health all year long too.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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