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Most people can get over influenza relatively quickly, though there can sometimes be complications for young children and the elderly. Here are some tips to help you and your family combat flu.

  1. Get vaccinated. The seasonal flu vaccine is between 70 percent and 90 percent effective. The flu vaccine is available for anyone over the age of six months and for people who are under 65. There are two types of seasonal flu vaccine. The flu shot – This vaccine contains an inactivated virus and has been approved for children older than 6 months, adults with good health and adults suffering from chronic medical conditions. The nasal spray vaccine – This vaccine weakened strains of live flu virus that will not cause the flu. This type of vaccine is approved for healthy people between 2 and 49 years old. It is not approved for pregnant women.
  2. Keep a distance. To prevent seasonal flu you should avoid close contact with people who are ill. Keep a distance from work colleagues or friends and family who have flu symptoms. If you are suffering from flu, keep your distance from others to prevent them from contracting it.
  3. Stay rehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
  4. Maintain good health. You can reduce the effects of seasonal flu by staying healthy. Get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, don’t let your stress levels become uncontrollable and eat healthy food regularly.
  5. Don’t share your germs. If you are coughing or sneezing always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue then dispose of the tissue safely. This can help reduce the spread of influenza virus. Refrain from touching your nose, eyes or mouth.
  6. Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands regularly throughout the day, especially if you have been in public places such as train stations, airports, stores and workplaces or schools. Carry hand sanitizer for times when you need to clean your hands but have no facilities available.
  7. Stay clean around the house. Do not share drinking vessels or utensils. Wash dishes thoroughly with hot water and detergent after use.
  8. Stay in shape. Exercise regularly, at least 2-3 times each week. This will help to boost your immune system.
  9. Supplement your diet. Take a daily vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure you are getting adequate nutrition. Take a probiotic supplement to boost the defensive action of beneficial microbacteria residing in your gastrointestinal tract. Take an echinacea, elderberry or goldenseal supplement, these are natural anti-viral and will protect you form avian flu.
  10. Get plenty of sleep. Plenty of restful sleep will help your immune system recover.

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