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Tips for Preventing the Flu

October 29, 2012

The flu does not only give you fever and body aches, and force you to stay in bed for days; it can also lead to serious illnesses such as pneumonia. This month marked the beginning of the flu season, and you should take measures to protect you and your family against this common but potentially dangerous illness.


The best way to protect yourself against the flu is to take the flu vaccination. All adults and children aged 6 months and above should get vaccinated once every year.

The ideal time for taking the flu shot is early in the flu season, about two weeks before the flu virus starts circulating in your community. Typically, the season begins in October and reaches its peak in January or February, and it can last until May.

Better Late Than Never

Getting the vaccine after the start of the flu season is better than going without it.

Side Effects

Be prepared to experience certain side effects after taking the flu shot, including redness or soreness at the site of the shot, and more rarely, minor muscle aches, tiredness, and elevated temperature for several days after the injection.

Everyday Habits

There are a number of everyday habits that you can adopt to prevent the flu, and these include washing your hands regularly, avoiding crowds, following a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.

Seeking Medical Attention

If you are already experiencing the symptoms of the flu, such as fever, body aches, and coughing, you should pay a visit to your doctor immediately. Ask your doctor about sick-day guidelines for taking your medications, as well as eating and drinking.