It’s that time of year again – flu season. The flu is no laughing matter. Talk to anyone sick with the flu and they’ll relate their experience. Nonstop coughing, congestion, runny nose, sore throat and body aches are classic signs of the flu virus. It doesn’t take much to catch the flu. In fact, you can get the virus by being in close contact with a sick person. While the flu vaccine offers protection, there are other ways to lower your risk of illness.
Although cold weather does not make you sick, cold weather can lower your immune system. This makes you more susceptible to illnesses such as the flu virus. Dressing properly in the winter is a key defense against the flu. This includes wearing a jacket and keeping your head cover when going outdoors.
In addition to dressing properly, it helps to boost your vitamin intake during flu season. This can also improve your immune system, wherein your body can fight off foreign invaders.
If a coworker comes to work ill, do your best to keep your distance. Regularly sanitize your hands and avoid touching objects that may contain germs.