What you should know about this year’s flu season
Flu season runs from October to May in the United States, with peak flu activity between December and March. The country’s flu activity has been unusual since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, which could have implications for the upcoming season.
Additionally, the flu season in the Southern Hemisphere may indicate what lies ahead in the United States. In particular, Australia has experienced an unusual increase in flu activity early in the season. Health experts are now warning that the same thing could happen in the United States later this year.
How to stay healthy
Influenza can cause serious complications for people of all ages, but children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. To keep your household healthy this flu season, consider the following suggestions:
- Get the flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated against the flu is your best chance of preventing the disease. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot each year.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay away from others when you are unwell. Because the symptoms of the flu and covid-19 are similar, doctors say it’s best to get tested to know what you have.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water to protect against bacteria. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes to prevent the spread of germs.
- Get quality sleep, stay active and drink plenty of water to keep your immune system strong.
- Eat a nutritious diet rich in healthy grains, fruits, vegetables and fiber.
September and October are the best months to get a flu shot, so don’t delay getting your shot. Contact your doctor today to learn more about vaccines.
What’s in your medicine cabinet?
According to a Walgreens survey, the average American opens their medicine cabinet 468 times each year. But almost 3 out of 4 people (74%) admit that they often forget to replace their expired products. When it comes to dealing with illness or injury in your home, it’s important to be prepared with a well-stocked and up-to-date medicine cabinet. This way, you will be able to react quickly to help yourself or others when accidents occur.
As the seasons change, now is a good time to check the expiration dates on medicine cabinet items and update them as needed. It’s also important to make sure you have cold and flu-related items on hand. Check out the infographic below for a list of medicine cabinet essentials, and make it a habit to check expiration dates every three months so you’re always prepared.
Start planning now for a stress-free vacation
While the holiday season often brings joy and fellowship, it can also cause stress for many individuals. Top holiday stressors include budgeting, managing multiple commitments, and finding the perfect gifts. Fortunately, by organizing and planning what you can do in advance, you can help reduce your holiday stress. Consider the following tips:
- Write down all known commitments. Planning to host a holiday dinner? Does your child’s school have a seasonal concert? Making a list of your commitments will help you plan your time accordingly and avoid double booking yourself.
- Create your budget now. If you’re stressed about how your holiday spending will affect you after the season is over, you’re not alone. Remember that the feeling of a gift is much more important than the cost. So be sure to set a realistic budget for gifts and stick to it.
- Start shopping early. Don’t be afraid to shop early. Sometimes you can get great deals on gifts even before the holidays hit. In addition, you can avoid the scenario of not being able to get the gift you want because it is sold out.
By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to a stress-free holiday season.
Check out last month’s edition of Live Well Work Well – September 2022.
All of us here at CoverLink Wishing you continued health and safety this year!