The festive season doesn’t just mean the return of twinkly lights and mince pies. Winter is also the time of year when the common cold and the flu reign supreme. It’s far more likely that you’ll get sick when there’s icicles outside your window compared to when the sun is scorching the earth outside. While you might not be too worried about catching the cold or even the flu for a couple of weeks, it is worth avoiding it if you can. Why? Well, it could certainly put a dampener on what should be a merry time of year. But as well as this, you might find that these illnesses can be more dangerous than you realize. They certainly need to be avoided by anyone with a weak immune system or those over a certain age who won’t be able to recover as quickly or as easily as the rest of the population.
So, let’s look at some of the best ways to avoid catching a nasty winter flu.
Get The Vaccinations
The first step that you should take is booking a trip to your doctors office. As already mentioned, some people are more susceptible to this type of illness through the winter season. The elderly in particular are strongly advised to get their winter flu shots. Anyone over the age of sixty should be booking a trip to the doctors office before the winter weather kicks into high gear. While this will provide a high level of protection, it may not be effective to certain strains of this type of virus. Viruses do grow and evolve through the years to the point where the original vaccine is nowhere near as effective.
You should also be aware that while it’s recommended the elderly get the flu shot, anyone can arrange this form of protection simply by speaking to their doctor. Those with diabetes or other conditions that weaken the immune system should also be getting this treatment.
Wrap Up Warm
Do make sure that you are changing your fashion and style through the winter season. Make sure that you wrap up well with multiple layers of clothing and tackle problem areas where the cold can chill your body. You might have hardwood, laminate or even stone floors in your home. If that’s the case, you should be wearing some wool slippers or perhaps a thick pair of socks. These flooring options, while stylish, get frightfully cold through the winter months, particularly in the early morning when you’re stumbling around searching for caffeine.
Outdoors you should also make sure that you are investing in thick winter clothing. It can be tempting to pick up winter clothes in the Black Friday sales online. However, it’s usually best to take a trip to the high street and try some on yourself. That way, you can make sure that they will provide the full level of protection from the cold that you need. A good lining on a coat or jacket is a particularly important element that you should keep in mind when making these purchases.
Knowing When Not To Save
People often look for ways to keep the bills down through the winter season. They want to make sure that they can avoid costs of keeping the home cosy growing out of control. But you shouldn’t do this at the expense of your health. When the temperature drops to below zero outside, there’s no way that every heating system in your home should be off. If you want to avoid driving up the energy bills through winter, consider investing in a portable gas heater instead. This is great as it can be moved around to any room that you need to keep warm.
Strengthen Your Immune System
Finally, you might think that it’s all about conserving or creating heat, but it isn’t. You need to think about your bodies natural defense system as well. We’re of course talking about the immune system and there are ways that you strengthen your immune system. The best way to do this is by adding the right food to your diet. There are plenty of foods to choose from too so you can still have a varied diet through the last months of the year. For instance, you might want to think about trying a garlicky delight for dinner and then something with almonds for desert. Both these dishes will provide a great boost to your immune system that you could certainly need to stay healthy.
We hope this helps you avoid the worst of the winter viruses this year.