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November 26th, 2016

It’s Flu Season

Flu season is here. Individuals who work in the healthcare industry know better than most how unpleasant the illness can be. It doesn’t stop them from being exposed to it on a daily basis, however. Even with the introduction of the flu shot and over the counter medications designed to stop it in its tracks or at least reduce its impact, the flu returns each year with a vengeance.

Getting the flu shot can help ward off the illness for those who are exposed to it on a daily basis. While it may cause the individual to experience minor flu-like symptoms, they normally do not last longer than a few days and its often better to be safe than sorry. Along with the normal precautionary measures, the flu shot is considered a necessity by many.

One of the best ways to keep the flu at bay is to strengthen the immune system. Eating a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables will provide the adequate amounts of vitamin C and B to help fight off any germ or virus that happens your way. While it may not completely eliminate the risk of catching the flu, it can reduce its impact and make it easier for the body to fight off its affects.

Get plenty of sleep and don’t over do it. Viruses tend to take hold in individuals whose defenses are weakened from lack of rest and stress. If you feel run down, take a nap or relax with a cup of hot tea and let your body rejuvenate itself. Relax whenever you get a chance. Even a five minute break or a power nap can snap the body back into rhythm.  Drink plenty of fluids and stay active doing things you enjoy. Fluids keep you hydrated and flushes toxins from the body



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