11 Preventative Health Tips for Cold and Flu Season
Be Proactive: Get Your Seasonal Vaccines
Fall is here and along with it comes cooler weather and more indoor activities. Indoor activities lead to more interaction with people, touching objects, people coughing or sneezing, and impurities in the air. It is important that we do not wait until we get a health problem to react. Prevention is the best medicine.
One of my goals is to elevate men’s health from one that is based on reaction to disease or illness to one that is proactive. A proactive health pattern encompasses both prevention and healthy living. In this post we are gong to explore tips for prevention of respiratory-related illnesses. One way to prevent some respiratory-related acute illnesses is through immunizations.
Acute respiratory-related illnesses can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and chemicals. The viruses most likely to cause respiratory-related illness in the fall and winter are influenza and pneumococcal. COVID-19 is also a virus, but it has been around for the whole year. Right now, we are in a decline in COVID-19 cases. We do not want it [COVID-10] to take an upswing in the coming months. That is why we need to action.
Tips to Prevent Acute Respiratory Infections During the Fall/Winter Season
1. If you are in a region that does not get much sunlight or you stay inside most of the time, most likely, you arr3e not getting enough Vitamin D. Consider taking a Vitamin D supplement or eat food products that are fortified with Vitamin D.
2. Get your flu shot.
3. Get a pneumococcal vaccine if you are 65 years of age or older. This vaccine protects adults from twenty-three types of bacteria that cause pneumonia, depending as well as prevent ear infections.
4. If it has been five years since you last had the pneumococcal vaccine, check with your doctor or health care provider to determine if you need a booster.
5. If you have not taken the COVID-19 vaccine, take it now.
6. If you have taken the full COVID-19 vaccine, strongly consider getting a COVID-19 booster.
7. Consider getting a room air purifier.
8. I know people are tired of wearing face masks, consider extending wearing of face mask throughout the winter.
9. Wash your hands frequently, especially after touching objects in public. Continue to use hand sanitizer.
10. Cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze. Cough in your elbow or in your shirt or blouse.
11. If you are ill, see a doctor. Do not go to work.
These tips will protect you and others from developing respiratory infections during the fall and winter month. Living longer and healthier is our goal. Remember, this post is for healthy living purposes and cannot exceed the advice of your doctor.