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Begin preparing for flu season now

Staying on top of your health becomes increasingly important as we approach flu season. However, this year due to COVID-19, it will be even more important than usual. Flu season generally begins in October, so now is the perfect time to start taking steps to help you and your family stay as healthy as possible during this time. These tips can help.

First, and foremost, get your flu shot—and encourage your whole family to be vaccinated. Everyone age 6 months or older should have an annual flu shot. It’s especially important for people at higher risk including young children, pregnant women, people age 65 and older, those with weakened immune systems or chronic illness such as asthma, and those who care for others who are at high risk. Call your doctor or pharmacy to schedule flu shots for you and your family as soon as you’re able! It’s sure to be in demand this year due to COVID.

Enjoy fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C. This important vitamin is known to help boost your immune system. Incorporate a glass of 100% orange juice into your morning routine, make a citrus-packed smoothie, enjoy a post-lunch bowl of pineapple, or make a sweet treat of Greek yogurt with sliced strawberries and a drizzle of honey.

Stay hydrated. Drinking enough fluids is important for good health all year-round. Fluids and flu season go hand-in-hand as they can help your immune system mount a good defense. Water is your healthiest option, but low-sugar sports drinks are also beneficial since electrolytes help your body function at its best.

Keep active! Follow physical activity guidelines based on your age and ability. It is also important to avoid being too sedentary and move around as much as possible.

Sleep well. Aim to get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. For tips to help you improve your sleep quality, click here.

Unplug. These days, due to the influx of distressing news, it can be extremely beneficial to put down your devices, log out of social media and avoid the news for periods of time to lower stress levels and focus on what matters most—the health of you and your family! You can also use this time to take a mindfulness break. Learn how here.

Keep following COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Many of the measures to prevent COVID-19 may also help you prevent the flu! Click here to read our refresher on the current guidelines.

We hope you and your loved ones stay healthy and well this flu season!