If you haven’t noticed already, flu season has begun. The flu season peaks in January/February, but many people catch the flu as early as November and December. You can play an active role in keeping yourself healthy and prevent the flu virus attacking you. Here are some tips to be happy, smiling and flu free all season long .
Wash your hands frequently. You need to use soap and wash your hands for at least 30 seconds to help remove bacteria and viruses. This is important especially after touching surfaces in public areas such as (bus railings, doors, washrooms, bank machines, etc.). Although hand sanitizer is good, washing your hands should be your first preference!
- · Stay Hydrated. It is important to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of fluids will help your body’s immunity. But remember, some juices like orange and apple are acidic, and you need to rinse your mouth immediately and brush after ½ hr as the acid in the juice softens your enamel and re-hardens in about 30 mines.
- · Hands-Free! Germs may enter your body through your eyes, nose or mouth. Often they enter from your hand. If you keep your hands away from your face, you’re less likely to let the germs inside your body.
- · Toss it! Replace your brush after a cold or flu. Although you should also replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months or when it becomes frayed, it is a good idea to toss your brush after a cold or flu to prevent re-contamination. If you visit your dentist for a cleaning, you’ll always get a free brush!
- · Disinfect. Frequent contact surfaces like phones, doorknobs, fridge doors, keyboards etc should be disinfected frequently. Using germicidal wipes can prevent germs from harbouring on these surfaces.