Did you know that drinking enough water can help you avoid getting the flu or a cold this winter? Staying hydrated is not only important if you get the flu or a cold, but studies have shown that drinking enough water can also help prevent you from getting sick. It’s simple: Water benefits all of your body’s vital functions. But its key flu-fighting power is that it helps to keep you healthy and your nasal passages moist, which can help your body keep flu viruses and airborne germs at bay.
Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months, with flu activity typically beginning to increase in October and November, and peaking between December and February. That’s why it’s time to start thinking about getting a flu shot. The flu vaccine isn’t just for children and the elderly. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control says everyone should think about getting one this year.
Call your health care provider to see if getting a flu shot is right for you. Getting the shot is the best way to prevent the spread of the flu, according to the CDC. Some people are considered to be at high risk for serious complications from the flu and should consider getting the shot as soon as possible. This includes pregnant women, children between 6 months and 4 years old, and people over the age of 50. Also, if you live with someone who is in a high-risk category, it is recommended by the CDC that you get the flu shot, too.
While most people who get the flu recover after plenty of rest and liquids, influenza can be deadly. While the flu shot doesn’t provide total protection against getting the flu, most physicians believe it’s the best way to protect yourself and your family against influenza and any possible complications.
If you have any questions about the flu vaccine or the 2019-20 flu season, contact your local health department or physician’s office. Most health care facilities offer the flu vaccine, along with most major pharmacy chains and grocery stores. Through the holidays, many community organizations are likely to offer flu shot clinics as well. If you do get the flu this fall or winter, be sure to check in with your doctor, drink plenty of water and other clear liquids and wash your hands often.