The flu and cold season are upon us here in Canada. Unlike the previous few years of the pandemic, many scientists and health professionals are predicting a high rate of influenza in 2022.
The pandemic restrictions and social distancing helped to greatly reduce the spread of the flu and spread of other common viruses. But this year, with things back to normal, it’s important for people to prepare and take steps to prevent the spread of the flu this year.
To help you prepare for flu and cold seasons, our pharmacists recommend taking the following precautions:
1. Get your flu shot as soon as possible
One of the most important things people can do to protect themselves against influenza is to get a flu shot. A lot of people have overlooked the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu because they’ve been focused on COVID-19. Remember that it’s never too late to get the flu shot. Give us a call to book your flu shot today.
2. Stock up on masks
Masks played an important role in helping to curb the spread of COVID-19. It can also help to stop the spread of the flu. Make sure you have a good stock of masks at home. If you are feeling ill, consider staying home. Wearing a mask when you are in crowded public spaces can help reduce the odds of you catching a cold or the flu.
3. Stock up on hand sanitizer and hand wash
Washing your hands and keeping them clean can help protect you against germs. If you don’t have access to a sink and soap, carrying hand sanitizer with you is recommended. This allows you to quickly clean your hands no matter where you are.
4. Review healthy habits with your family
The people you live with is a unit. If one person gets sick, it’s usually only a matter of time before it spread to the rest of the family. So, reviewing healthy habits with your family will provide a good refresher for everyone, especially the kids. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth – especially when in public
5. Build up your immune system and stay healthy
The healthier you are, the better. A strong immune system can help to fight the common cold and flu symptoms more efficiently. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, staying active, and getting enough sleep are particularly important. You can also supplement with common vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc. You can pick up these vitamins and many other health supplements at our pharmacy.
Remember, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And as always, if you are not feeling well, stay home to help prevent the spread. Follow the above steps and take other measures to keep your family healthy this cold and flu season.