Flu season has officially kicked off this month, which means more coughing, sneezing and sore throats in the weeks to come.
Unfortunately, there are far deadlier consequences to contracting the flu—death. In Canada, more than 3,500 Canadians die each year from flu-related complications. That’s an unsettling number—although when you consider that only 37% of Canadian adults (18-64) actually get vaccinated, these statistics become a little clearer and suggests that surviving such unpleasant times might require a little extra care and caution on our part!
So how can we avoid catching this unwanted problem? There are a few common steps that can be taken to help reduce the chances of contraction, including:
Flu vaccine – No-brainer. Simply put, the flu vaccine is produced from either dead viruses or weakened viruses, depending on the vaccine type. Virus strains are predicated by scrutinizing the effects of various strains on a global scale, including the number of people infected. The vaccine works by prompting the body’s immune response, triggering the release of antibodies that will protect the body against the current flu strains. It’s the easiest way to ensure your overall well-being!
Washing hands –There was a reason your mother told you to wash your hands before eating—germs! A 2013 study conducted by Michigan State University found that 95% of people failed to wash their hands correctly. That’s alarming when you consider that we’re surrounded by millions of bacteria! Although many microorganisms are not harmful, this attitude should not be accepted for the masses of germs, as the disease is also born from bacteria. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to effectively remove harmful bacteria, the correct hand-washing protocol suggests washing the hands with soap and water for roughly 15- 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your face — Why? Our face is the perfect entry point for germs because it contains many openings into our body, including the eyes, nose, ears, and of course the mouth! Combine this with our tendency to habitually touch our faces — approximately 2000 to 3000 times daily— and you have a recipe for disaster. With all the surfaces our hands come into contact with, it’s likely that many of those germs are not so pleasant. With this in mind, make a conscious effort to keep your hands away from your face, and if need be, wash them before you touch it!
These are just a few common ways to stay healthy during flu season, but there is an abundance of unique remedies to keep your body prepared. In fact, on November 7th Bayview’s certified naturopath Dr. Janna Levanto will be leading a discussion on How to Survive Cold & Flu Season Naturally, providing tips and tricks on boosting the immune system with natural remedies. Learn alternative methods to keep your family happy and healthy, while avoiding the use of too many artificial treatments.
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