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Flu Season Health Habits

Viet Nguyen

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Nov 17th, 2014

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Good Health Habits to Prevent the Spread of Germs

This flu season be sure you are doing everything you can to protect yourself against the spread of germs.  This is the time of year when you and your family should start taking extra precautions to stay healthy.  The single best way to help prevent you from getting the flu is to get vaccinated each year.  However, there are also good health habits that you can practice every day to ensure that you minimize your exposure to germs and protect yourself from getting sick this flu season. 

Here are some useful healthy lifestyle tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  1. Avoid close contact when you are sick, or when interacting with someone who is sick. 
  2. Stay home when you are sick.   You can help stop the spread of the flu by staying home from work, school, and running errands when you are sick.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw away the tissue immediately after using it.  If you don’t have a tissue, you should cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  4. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water; however, hand sanitizers are also good substitutes.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.   You can catch the flu by touching contaminated objects then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.  So be sure to wash your hands and avoid touching your face.
  6. Practice other good health habits.  You can also prevent spreading germs at home, at work, and at school by regularly cleaning frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, tables, phones, and toys.  Also remember to get plenty of sleep, stay physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.

A well balanced diet, rich in vitamins and minerals, is an important part of good healthy living.   A recent study showed that kiwifruit was unmatched when compared to other commonly consumed fruit, due to their nutrient density and health benefits.  Kiwifruit was shown to be exceptionally high in vitamins C, E, K, folate, carotenoids, potassium, fiber, and phytochemicals.  Consuming kiwifruit as part of a healthy diet has been linked to multiple health benefits.  They may support immune function and reduce the incidence and severity of cold or flu-like illnesses.  Kiwifruit is available year round in our produce section.

By incorporating these easy health habits into your daily routine, you can help keep your family healthy.   

For more information:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/everyday_preventive.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/cleaning_disinfecting_schools.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/fluguideforparents.pdf

http://www.medscape.com/medline/abstract/23746068

 

Viet Nguyen, PharmD, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.  He is currently the Community Pharmacy Resident at Acme Sav-on Pharmacy and Temple University. 

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