Beat the Winter Flu Before It Spoils Your Fun

There are lots of things to love about winter, but the flu season is certainly not one of them.

The flu can spoil your fun during the party season of Christmas and New Year, keep you off work, and generally just make you feel awful.

If you want to lower your risk of flu or reduce the impact it has on your winter, there are a few simple yet very useful steps you can take.

Avoiding the Flu

Prevention is better than cure, so if you haven’t already got the flu then you should make an effort to keep it that way.

One of the simplest but most useful measures you can take is to wash your hands regularly, and to avoid touching your face — especially your nose, mouth, and eyes — unless your hands have been recently washed.

While it’s a myth that you catch the flu from being cold, keeping warm does help lower your risk of catching it. Avoid huddling up with others too much, though, as this makes it easier for infections to travel between people.

A generally healthy lifestyle will help make you less vulnerable to all kinds of infection, including flu. A good, nutritious diet, enough to drink, plenty of sleep, and regular exercise will all play a part in protecting you from illness.

If you want to have added protection against the flu, you could consider getting the winter flu jab. This will not protect you against all strains of the flu, but will immunise you against the ones that are expected to be most common this season.

At-risk groups and those who work with vulnerable people are usually entitled to a free jab on the NHS. For others, the vaccine is widely available at pharmacies, generally in the £5–15 price range.

Coping with the Flu

If you already have the flu, there are steps you can take to minimise the unpleasantness and aid in your recovery. Generally, this involves quite simple things.

Make sure you get enough to drink as it is really important to stay hydrated.

Eat light and nutritious food, but don’t worry too much if this is difficult.

Get plenty of rest, stay warm, and use over-the-counter medication such as painkillers to manage your symptoms if you feel this is necessary.

Certain groups are encouraged to visit their GP if they suffer from the flu. These include over-65s, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems or long-term medical conditions.

You should also consider seeing your GP if you experience certain symptoms such as difficulty breathing, pains in your chest, or coughing up blood. If your symptoms have worsened or simply failed to improve after a week, then once again this means you should consult a doctor.

Unfortunately, getting to the doctor while you’re suffering from full-on flu is not always easy. There is an alternative, however, in the form of the online GP services which offers affordable and convenient private healthcare accessible from your own home.

Over the internet, you will be connected to a registered GP for a virtual appointment (don’t forget to check the authenticity of the online doctor and pharmacy service before getting consultation and order medication).

This doctor will be able to discuss your symptoms, provide expert advice, and prescribe medication just like a GP in a traditional surgery.

We all have heard the things discussed above, but we sometimes overlook them or simply are too busy to pay close attention or don’t notice them. So, this winter take care of these small things and get ready to cope with the flu and enjoy the season.