Influenza, more commonly called is a highly infectious disease. It spreads rather quickly among people who are in close contact or stay for long durations in confined spaces such as offices, classrooms, and homes. While in the tropics, the flu infection continues throughout the year, it seems to peak in the early winter months. There are many warnings and advisories issued by the government and the local medical bodies each year. However, there are a few mistakes that you may want to avoid during the flu season or at least while preparing for the flu season. Read below to know them:
- Waiting to get the flu shot- One of the commonest mistakes that people make is avoiding the flu vaccine. The flu shot is a safe, inactivated shot of the flu virus that protects against the H1N1, H3N2, and other strains of the flu virus. It is recommended that the vaccine be administered in February or March as it takes between 6 to 8 months to create the antibodies.
- Not disinfecting enough– Most of us are used to washing hands before meals. During the flu season it is important to remain extra cautious and practice washing hands or using a after a visit to the grocer's or after shaking hands at an event.
- Ignoring the symptoms– Early symptoms of the flu are often overlooked and ignored. A stuffy nose, headache, low-grade fever, persistent cough is often not considered enough reason to stay home from work. This is a huge mistake and leads to spread of infection. You must call your doctor as soon as you notice the flu symptoms.
- Not resting adequately– It is difficult for naturally active people at home and in bed. However, it is important not to return to work or school before you are fully recovered. This helps the body recuperate and also prevents infecting others.
- Asking for antibiotics– Antibiotics are not a quick fix remedy for the flu. It is important to not ask a doctor for antibiotics unless very necessary. Overuse of antibiotics involves the risk that the virus may develop resistance to these drugs and may evolve into a resistant strain.
- Using OTC medicines– Using over-the-counter medicines can be harmful at the best of times. During the flu season, however, people tend to try different medicines to combat the symptoms. This can cause more harm to the health than do good.
- Stressing too much– We keep hearing about the harm that stress can cause to our health. When we are suffering from the flu, however, stress hormones can exacerbate the symptoms and delay the healing process. It is important to remember that resting and paying attention to our fluid intake are the two best things we can do if we have the flu.