Avoid Getting Sick This Flu Season

Photo Credit/ Samantha Werkheiser Millions of people get the flu each year.

By Angela Pender

Staff Writer

Since the start of the flu season, people from all over have been getting sick and it has effected America tremendously.

According to cdc.gov, “Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year.”

Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.

As college students, it is very important that we pay attention to our health and most importantly, taking precautions to not get sick because being a sick college student is no fun.

To avoid getting sick, the first thing you should do is try to get some sleep. While easier said than done, getting the proper rest is just what the body needs to build up its immune system and fight off harmful bacteria.

Also, by getting enough sleep you help the body maintain a stable stress level, because having too much stress could also lead to sickness.

Another way to avoid getting sick is staying hydrated and trying to drink less coffee, juice, and soda because they dehydrate your body and weaken its sickness-fighting abilities. Your body needs water to fight off viruses, so trying to substitute your coffee for green tea could really benefit you, because it helps with strengthening the immune system.

Also, by eating fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi’s on a daily basis, you can help your body because they are immune system boosters that are filled with Vitamin C.

Another way to protect your body from getting sick is making sure that you are frequently washing your hands and using hand sanitizer. Keep the hand sanitizer and pocket tissues in your bag to get rid of any unwanted germs.

The most common way to get sick is through touching multiple objects.

By using hand sanitizer you can limit the amount of germs being spread.

Being sick is an awful feeling that no one wants to go through, so it is best to be cautious now to prevent a future sickness.

Email Angela:

apender1@live.esu.edu

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