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  • Flu shot benefits and top tips to stay healthy this winter

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a yearly flu shot as the most important step in protecting against the flu.

    The flu shot may prevent you from getting the flu.

    Before making the decision to get the flu shot, consider the following benefits it offers:

    • Prevention

    The flu shot may prevent you from getting the flu and can also help prevent the spread of flu to others.

    • Helpful for pregnant mothers

    For those pregnant mothers who get the flu shot, it has been proven that their babies face a lower risk of being hospitalised within their first few months.

    • Helpful for people with asthma

    The flu shot can reduce asthma attacks that lead to emergency visits and/or hospitalizations for people with asthma.

    Here are some top tips for how to avoid the spread of the flu:

    • Wash your hands

    Personal hygiene is paramount when trying to prevent the flu so be sure to wash your hands often with plenty of soap and water.

    • Use hand sanitizer

    Carrying an alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be useful in situations where a sink is unavailable.

    • Get some exercise

    Getting regular exercise can be a great way of keeping your immune system strong. This can be beneficial in helping your body’s defence against the flu.

    Lastly, here are some quick tips on how to get back to full health if you do get the flu:

    • Extra rest

    Plenty of rest and a good night’s sleep is crucial and can help you get back to full health quickly.

    • Eat well and drink plenty of fluids

    Eating healthy food will be a big boost for your immune system and don’t forget to drink lots of water. We also recommend drinking hot tea with honey and lemon.

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