College students across the United States can all agree that it doesn’t take much to fall behind in class, so the last thing any of us want to do is catch the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting an annual injectable flu vaccine is the most effective way to protect yourself, your family and classmates from the flu. It is important to keep in mind that although the flu and common cold viruses are similar in that they both attack the respiratory system, the influenza is caused by a completely different virus that could possibly cause people to develop a wide range of complications, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalization. Here are some tips to help you guys stay flu-free:
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with anti-bacterial soap.
- Wipe down commonly used areas with disinfectant wipes such as doorknobs, light switches, and sink handles.
- Always sneeze into your elbow
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, as these areas are the preferred entrance point for germs. Doing this will also help prevent you from spreading germs to others
- Eat fruits and vegetables, especially those high in vitamin C. Many of the cells that make up the immune system need vitamin C to carry out their huge task of protecting you from germs. A vitamin C deficiency is directly correlated with reduced resistance against certain pathogens!
- GO TO SLEEP!! According to the Mayo Clinic, your body releases cytokines while you are asleep. These proteins promote sleep and are needed when you have inflammation or infection. People that are deficient in sleep are more likely to become sick and recover slower.
Please check out the links below for more information:
|Flu Symptoms & Diagnosis | Seasonal Influenza (Flu) | CDC
Everything you need to know about the flu illness, including symptoms, treatment and prevention.
|Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick? – Mayo Clinic
Lack of sleep can affect your immune system. Here’s what you need to know.