By Human Resources Communications on February 17, 2014
Chances are that you, a loved one, or someone you work with will come down with the flu this season. Here are some tips from Health Link BC (Ministry of Health) on how to prevent or reduce your risk for flu or flu complications.
Increase your chance of staying healthy by:
- Washing your hands often, especially during winter months when the flu is most common.
- Keeping your hands away from your nose, eyes, and mouth. Viruses are most likely to enter your body through these areas.
- Eating a healthy and balanced diet.
- Getting regular exercise.
- Not smoking. Smoking irritates the lining of your nose, sinuses, and lungs, which may make you susceptible to complications of the flu.
- Taking probiotics. One study has shown that taking probiotics helps prevent influenza symptoms and reduce antibiotic use in children
- Getting a flu shot. If you missed the influenza vaccination clinics at UBC last year, check with your family doctor, health clinic or pharmacy to receive the flu shot.
The H1N1 influenza virus is a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to those of the regular human seasonal flu. The World Health Organization declared the H1N1 pandemic over on Aug. 10, 2010. While the pandemic may be over, it is still important to take appropriate precautions during flu season.