Amy D. Jackson
After, the H1N1 (Swine Flu) ‘epidemic scare’ people have been more than a little weary of the flu- they have become apprehensive. Unless you are a part of the medical team or simply medical by nature you don’t have a clue when the flu virus begins to stalk its prey. The flu appears in winter and early spring (according to WEBMD). Which means we have yet to clear the danger zone. So, exactly what is the flu? And how can you protect yourself from it?
Influenza or the flu according to http://www.webmd.com, is a virus is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses. It attacks the body by spreading through the upper and lower respiratory tract. The symptoms of the flu can sometimes be very similar to the cold. However, the flu is more deadly. The symptoms include: coughing, headache, and chest discomfort, high fevers [which last for several days], myalgia, fatigue, and weakness. Severe cases of the flu can lead to pneumonia.
There are several things you can do to help prevent the flu virus and protect yourself during flu season:
1. Eat healthy
2. Get plenty of sleep (at least eight hours)
4. Hand washing
5. Get Vaccinated
If you find yourselves an unlucky individual then go to the Doctor as soon as possible. WEBMD also gives a list of foods that will help you feel better and recover. The list includes: Popsicles, Turkey sandwich, Vegetable juice, chicken soup, and garlic, ginger, hot tea, banana, toast, and meal replacement drinks. To enjoy the slide show and the reasons why these foods help head over to Web MD’s cold and flu remedy page.
*If you do have the flu or feel like you have it as common courtesy to your peers and co-workers: STAY HOME! It helps to keep it from spreading. Oh, and buy Lysol and plenty of hand sanitizer.