The Flu: How to Avoid It and How to Recover From It


Cole Bruhnke, Editor in Chief

With the flu in full force, you must do everything you can to avoid it. Everyone’s heard the typical “wash your hands as much as possible”(this is important), but there are other ways to make sure you don’t catch it.

Keep Your Distance:

First off, try to not get too close to people that you know have the flu. That way, there is less of a chance germs can reach you. You can also clean surfaces and objects that you know sick people have touched. Go to town with Swiffers and disinfectants and clean remotes, keyboards, tables, light switches, and bed sheets.

Get Some Sleep:

In addition, do your best to get good sleep. You are more at risk to viruses if you are tired.  What you eat can improve your body’s resistance to germs too. “Research shows that diets that are too low in protein can deplete the immune system. So I make sure to get protein-rich foods throughout the day, especially fish, eggs and yogurt.” says Douglas Kahlman, the director of nutrition and applied clinical trials at Miami Research Associates. Pump fluids, especially water and liquids with vitamin C in them, into your body to flush out any germs and combat them.

Get The Flu Shot:

Most people have gotten a flu shot before, but I must stress the importance of getting one every year. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.”

Flu vaccinations or shots prevent getting the flu, don’t help get rid of it after you have it. The way these shots work is they put a small amount of the flu virus in your body. This creates a blood protein which basically works against the flu. These are available at your local doctor, and even grocery stores like Vons.

Vitamin C is Your Friend:

If you don’t do this or are unlucky enough to catch the flu anyways, continue to do the things already mentioned. Getting vitamin C in your body especially after you catch the flu is very important. “The growing demand for natural dietary supplements to combat cold and flu symptoms has led to extensive research revealing the effectiveness of large doses of vitamin C in preventing and relieving such symptoms.” It can be found in citrus such as oranges and lemons.

There are also medications that combat that flu that can be found in stores in ailes or over the counter. Ask your doctor or prescriptionist for more information.