Combining fears of COVID-19 and the flu can be scary, and frankly, overwhelming. The goods news is that we’ve all become hand-washing and social distancing pros over the past few months.
While social distancing may minimize flu cases, we always advocate for preparedness at No.2 (it’s why we sell subscription toilet paper, after all). Here are a few extra precautions you can take to keep you and your family safe throughout the flu season.
Boost Your Immunity
A robust immune system is essential, no matter the season. While many products promise quick immune-boosting powers, the truth is that a healthy immune system comes down to leading a balanced lifestyle. Rest, exercise, and eating well all positively contribute to a strong immune system.
If you want to give your immune system an extra boost, you can look into incorporating supplements known to improve your immune system.
Zinc, commonly found in meat, legumes, and seed, plays an essential role in a healthy immune system. Zinc deficiency has been shown to impair immunity, so it’s vital to take Zinc supplements if you’re not getting enough from your diet.
Another popular immune-boosting supplement is Vitamin C. Studies have shown that Vitamin C is essential for the immune system’s fight against pathogens and commonly found in kale, broccoli, and oranges.
Vitamin D is also necessary for proper immune system functioning. Low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to an increase in susceptibility to illness. Eating fatty fish, eggs, and cheese can all increase your levels of Vitamin D.
While supplements are not a one-size-fits-all solution, they can be used to improve your immune system.
Get A Flu Shot
Did you know that getting vaccinated for the flu can reduce your risk of illness by 40 to 60 percent? When you get a flu shot, you also help protect immuno-compromised individuals for whom the flu can be particularly dangerous.
The best time to get a flu shot is in the early fall, with The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommending you get your flu shot by the end of October.
Flu shots are easily accessible at local pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS. If you have insurance, your flu shot will often be free or, at the least, significantly discounted.
Free flu shots are often offered by local community clinics and, in some cities, by county health departments. Looking up free flu shots in your area will often populate several options, whether sliding scale or completely free.
The website VaccineFinder can help you locate flu shots near you.
Stock Up On Flu-Fighting Products
Prepare for flu season by purchasing extra hand sanitizer, hand soap, and household disinfectant (we recently shared out favorite soap brand in this blog post).
The same practices that help prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as washing your hands and avoiding touching your eyes and face, can help stop the spread of the flu. The Center for Disease Controls also recommends taking an extra 15 minutes to wipe down high-touch surfaces in your home.
If you do get the flu, you’ll want to have back-up supply of everyday essentials like toilet paper, cleaning wipes, and tissues.
Preparation is key when it comes to preparing for flu season. By revisiting your tried and tested COVID safety-precautions and getting a flu shot, you can help keep yourself and others healthy year-round.