Flu shots can reduce your risk of contracting influenza, but they're by no means fool-proof. In fact, they're quite the hit-and-miss proposition - according to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, last season's version of the flu shot had an effectiveness rate of just 42%.
Fortunately, there are many other things you can do to reduce your risk of catching, or spreading, the flu this winter. Here are four simple steps.
Four tips for avoiding the flu without a flu shot
#1: Wash your hands
Flu viruses – as well as many other germs – are everywhere and it’s impossible to avoid picking them up. However, washing your hands regularly can help lower your odds of contracting them. Make sure you use soap and water and scrub your hands for at least 15 seconds. You should also use a paper towel when drying, since hand dryers are known to harbour pathogens. Use a paper towel to turn off the water and open bathroom doors, too – you don’t want to contaminate your mitts on the faucet or door handle!
#2: Fill up on nutritious food
can help fight off the flu. These includes vitamins C, D and E, minerals zinc and selenium, antioxidants
beta-carotene and quercetin, as well as probiotics. Eat a varied diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables with some nuts and fermented foods to supply your body with a dose of the immune-boosting nutrients
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#3: Sleep for seven to nine hours a night
A body of research has shown that sleep
deprivation weakens immune system
function, which makes you more susceptible to catching the flu. Researchers also say that a lack of shuteye can render a flu shot less effective. Aim to get seven to nine hours of sleep
#4: Get your stress levels under control
When you’re stressed, your body releases ‘fight or flight’ hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. While these hormones enable you to react quickly to threatening situations, they also suppress your immune system
, leaving you more vulnerable to the flu virus. A hot bath, meditation or yoga are just a sampling of things you can do to de-stress
Wishing you a healthy winter ahead!
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