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How to prepare for the flu season
Posted 23 April 2019
While it can happen any time of year, you’re more likely to catch the flu over the cooler months. To help keep you happy and healthy, Pharmacist Shylie Branson from TerryWhite Chemmart shares her top tips for avoiding the flu.
1. Get your flu shot
The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated before the flu season starts, aiming for April.
It’s strongly suggested that those with underlying health conditions, the elderly and young children receive the shot. Pregnant women are also advised to get vaccinated, along with their family members.
2. Stay on top of hand hygiene
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to completely get rid of flu-causing germs. Remember to wash the back of your hands, in-between your fingers and clean under your fingernails.
Using an alcohol-based antibacterial hand sanitiser is also very effective if you’re out and about and can’t wash your hands with soap and water.
Shylie says, “Hand hygiene is key, washing your hands after you’ve touched surfaces or when you’ve been around people.”
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
“It’s all about not getting infected droplets into your airways,” says Shylie. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
4. Clean and disinfect surfaces
Keeping your surroundings sanitised could help you steer clear of the flu. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is sick.
5. Avoid close contact with sick people
If possible, avoid being around anyone who may be ill, if this isn’t possible try to keep your distance.
Avoid shaking hands with someone who’s unwell, this will help to stop the spread of germs
6. Cover your mouth and nose
Use a tissue to cough or sneeze when you’re unwell. It’s also suggested to immediately bin your tissue.
Remember, if you feel unwell, it’s best to stay home and rest to help prevent infecting others.
7. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle all year round, through good nutrition, plenty of fluids, adequate sleep and regular exercise.
It’s also a good idea to take a daily immune support supplement like Olive Leaf Extract to help fight off the flu or reduce the symptoms and duration of the flu if it’s caught.
Free flu shots for members
Get your free flu shot at select Health Partners participating pharmacies.
Free flu vaccination offer is valid until 31 August 2020. Limit 1 per member over 10 years of age, administered at Health Partners participating pharmacies. Pharmacies reserve the right to only vaccinate adults aged 18 years and over. Clinic session days and times vary from store to store, with some pharmacies finishing their clinics prior to the 31 August promotion end date. Health Partners is in no way involved in the management of these sessions. Free flu vaccination offer strictly only available at a Participating Health Partners pharmacy that has elected to participate in this promotion.