With flu season here, it might seem like a losing battle to stay clear of getting sick if you always have. It’s important to arm yourself with knowledge about the different strains each year to prevent getting sick. There are four different things about the flu that can help set you on the right path toward prevention. Let’s take a look at how to keep healthy during flu season.

Why Do We Get Sick So Easily Each Flu Season?

Professionals who have to work around others who get sick know how to keep themselves from catching the flu. However, it’s easy to slip up when you’re exposed to germs in every corner of the workplace. Being exposed to others who don’t take care in spreading germs is a frequent cause of catching every potential flu virus.

Regardless, when we become overly busy in our jobs (or even at home), it’s easy to forget simple things that can prevent the flu. One of those is simply remembering to wash our hands after touching a surface others touch.

All it takes is a few seconds to rub your nose or eye, and you could end up catching the flu virtually overnight. The problem is that we sometimes don’t realize we inadvertently rub our eyes, nose, or mouth while we’re working. It’s not to say germs can’t spread just as fast at lunch if forgetting to wash your hands before eating food.

Common Illnesses That Spread Easily

The flu is a general term when it comes to potential viruses spreading more easily than others. Influenza has four types of viruses: A, B, C, and D. In the U.S., A and B are the most common virus types that typically become epidemics. What you probably didn’t know is the C virus usually causes mild respiratory problems and doesn’t usually spread rapidly. The D virus mostly pertains to flu spreading among cattle. Through the A virus, you have multiple strains varying each year. H1N1 and H3N2 are the most common each season, despite one variation to H1N1 becoming more common starting in 2009.

Ways You Can Prevent Illness

You already know about how important washing your hands is, yet it’s only the start. The CDC reminds us to avoid close contact with others already sick. We also shouldn’t discount how important good sleep is while staying away from stress as much as possible. Both of those can lower our immune systems and make us more vulnerable.

Most importantly, if you feel like you’re getting sick, stay home and recover rather than potentially spreading it to others.

So how do you recover quickly if you get the flu this year?

Recovering Quicker

Rest and hydration are your first steps toward a fast flu recovery. Nevertheless, don’t count out natural methods like taking zinc supplements not exceeding 50 mg. Like ginseng, zinc helps bolster white blood cells helping to fight off germs and rebuilding your immune system.

Don’t forget about using steam as well to loosen up your sinuses. Doing so gets rid of mucus faster that frequently makes the flu seemingly prolong forever.

Sources:

http://symptoms.webmd.com/cold-flu-map/avoid-cold-flu

http://www.uwhealth.org/flu/10-ways-to-stay-healthy-during-cold-and-flu-season/10371

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/viruses/types.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm

http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/best-ways-to-bounce-back-from-cold-or-flu-fast/slide/6