AS we arrive into the depths of winter, everyone seems to be dodging coughing colleagues, sniffing family members and winter rain as they try to avoid being infected.
The aged are most vulnerable and the WA Department of Health recommends that they have a flu vaccination before winter starts. It is also important to try avoid passing on your cold or flu if you do contract either.
Here are some common-sense tips to protect yourself and others:
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.
- Don’t leave used tissues lying around. Put them in a bin as soon as possible.
- Shield yourself from colds and flu by washing your hands regularly – use soap and warm water if possible.
- A healthy person can contract a virus by touching a contaminated surface, then touching their mouth or nose so keep shared benches, desks and sinks clean.
- Don’t share personal items such as water bottles.
- Avoid close contact with coughing, sneezing family members and co-workers.
- If you’re sick, stay home until you’re well, and encourage others to do the same.
- Have a diet high in fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains to ensure you get the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants essential for a healthy immune system.
Research shows people with low levels of vitamin D have an increased risk for colds flu and respiratory infection.
Scientists also have found vitamin D is critical to activating our immune defences, so if you have little time in the sun or always slip, slop, slap it may be an idea to have your Vitamin D levels checked.
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