The flu season is in full swing with records showing that already the so called aussie flu bug has taken the lives of more than 300 people in the UK.
We are all advised to have the vaccination which can reduce our chances of succumbing to this potentially deadly virus, but we can also make sure we are doing the best for ourselves to avoid it.
Firstly, we should be fastidious with our hand hygiene. The experts say that the biggest risk of catching flu is from direct contact with things like doors, money and coughing or sneezing without using a tissue or handkerchief. We should wash our hands thoroughly when we get home after being out and about.
And what about food and fluids? Well, our immune system needs good nutrition to function properly to repel bugs, especially protein, vitamins and minerals.
So every day eat a good breakfast, a hearty lunch and a high quality dinner which include meat fish or vegetable proteins, lots of vegetables and some starchy carbs and then follow up with some fruit.
If you catch the flu in spite of all this then make sure you drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Stay at home, rest and keep warm. Don’t be tempted to go back to work too early, as the flu virus lives for 5 days after you show the symptoms.
And how to tell if it is a cold or flu? It is said that with flu if you see a £10 note of the floor you would be too poorly to pick it up. I think this is a good measure of its impact.
I hope we all avoid this most unwelcome visitor from Australia, and we can all do our bit to stop it spreading.
Catch it, bin it, kill it.