How to prevent flu?

Flu affects thousands of people every year in Pakistan. It usually peaks in January/February and tapers in March. Here are the tips to help prevent flu and cold.

1. Avoid close contact

Avoid close contact with people who have flu or sick. When you are sick, distance yourself from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Wash your hands

Use soap or hand sanitizer to stay protected from germs.

3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

4. Exercise to boost the immune system

Exercise such as brisk walking or running can boost the immune system which likely reduces the risk of getting flu.

5. Eat and sleep well

Eating healthy and sleeping well keeps strengthens your immune system and better able to withstand infection. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits that offer antioxidants. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

6. Get the flu vaccine

Vaccines are the best way to prevent the flu. Get the flu vaccine every year with the consultation of general physician or medical specialist. Flu viruses are constantly changing, and new vaccines are developed each year to protect against new strains.

In case of flu worsens, please consult your physician or medical specialist for timely treatment.