It is cold and flu season. Since late fall there has been a nagging cough making the rounds that has lasted up to six weeks in many suffering from this hindrance. How can you help avoid contact with cold and flu germs and protect your personal health and well-being this winter? I asked Infectious Disease specialist, Dr. Kashif Memon from Jordan Valley Internal Medicine about his recommendations for cold and flu prevention this year.
- Get a flu shot
- Exercise regularly
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Manage your stress level
- Eat healthy, specifically stating more fruit and vegetable intake.
There is a misconception that getting a flu shot will make you sick or give you the illness. The truth is, “The flu shot helps in preventing the flu, even if you do come down with the flu after receiving the vaccination, the severity of your infection would be less than normal, as the vaccine does give you some degree of protection,” Dr. Memon informs.
What can you do if you do if you come in contact with a cold or the flu?
- Drink plenty of water
- Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and cleaning your nose.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing/sneezing with the fold of your arm/elbow instead of covering with your hands. Your hands are a vehicle in which germs transfer to others.
- Take Vitamin C- this supplement might help.
- Eat Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup. This might just help in battling away the yucky germs.
Source: Dr. Kashif Memon, MD
Chief of Infectious Disease
Jordan Valley Internal Medicine
Dr. Memon is a fellowship trained and board-certified Infectious Disease specialist. He has studied and worked at Columbia University in New York City, LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, University of Utah, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, and now currently is with Jordan Valley Internal Medicine.