How to minimise your risk of getting flu

How to minimise your risk of getting flu

While the Cheapest Life Insurance is about getting great deals on life insurance, there’s no accounting for avoiding illness by keeping healthy.

So in today’s blog, we take a look at ways you can avoid getting the flu at a time when illness is rife!  Of course, there’s no accounting for professional medical advice, so if you are in any doubt about your health we recommend you see a Doctor.

When it comes to the flu you can seriously end up feeling very unwell with a complete inability to do anything.

With flu, it can come and go without warning.  One day you may well be feeling great and the next day you’ll wake up feeling weak and unwell with no energy.

But can you actually avoid getting flu altogether?

Vaccination is probably one of the most common ways of avoiding the flu and this is often the route taken by people who are prone to illnesses and those in higher risk categories; for example people who are elderly or who suffer with asthma.

The everyday precautions

As with any illness, the spread of it can be enhanced by poor hygiene so doing things like washing your hands regularly will help you protect your health.

As well as washing your hands after using the bathroom, you may want to wash them if you’ve been outside and then come in.

You may also want to wash them if you’ve been shopping.  With hundreds of people going in and out of doors and picking items up only to put them down again, the spread of germs is surprisingly easy.

A recent study showed that the most effective way to wash your hands is with hot water and soap and to sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice. This little technique has been proven to remove almost 90% of bacteria from your hands when compared with anti-bacterial hand rubs for example.

Other things you can do

Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.  This is a very easy way for germs to spread and get into your system.

Try not to get too close to people who are ill.  Obviously if your partner isn’t very well then you may not be able to sit in another room, but common sense should prevail.

Be healthy!

One way to avoid a lot of illness is simply looking after yourself.  This can include getting enough sleep, eating well, managing your stress levels, drinking plenty of water and of course getting exercise.

Common sense…

Make sure you cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.  If you do use your hand to cover your mouth, wash them afterwards!  If you’re using a tissue make sure you throw the tissue in the bin once used.  Don’t reuse it or you can spread germs.

Obviously some people in society are more prone to catching things like flu but with these simple precautions you may well find yourself avoiding time off work through illness!


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