Are you ready for flu season? Unfortunately, it’s coming even if you aren’t ready. But, here are a few items you need to get you through the flu season. If you can’t get a flu shot, buckle down with these items instead.
First and foremost, have a thermometer on hand. Especially if you have young ones at home. It is difficult to get an accurate read with the “hand to head” method. According to the Mayo Clinic, a common sign of the flu is a fever over 100.4 F.
Carry and stow tissue everywhere. You can transmit the flu the same way as you got infected. That means, if you want to prevent spreading your germs to others use tissues often. When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose. And make sure to throw out your used tissues.
3. Hand Sanitizer
Also, having a good hand sanitizer is a must for flu season. But, all hand sanitizers are not created equal. According to the CDC, try using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It is less damaging and more effective than using soap and water.
4. Soup or Other Warm Liquids
Next, be sure to drink plenty of warm liquids to ease your cough and sore throat. Keep your throat moist by drinking plenty of fluids. It also helps prevent further irritation. When you are drinking soups, try clear broth-based soups, not cream-based or high acidic ones. There is a reason that chicken soup is a known home-remedy for illnesses. Caffeine-free teas or warm water with honey also helps with sore throats.
5. Over-the-Counter Meds
Lastly, try taking over-the-counter medications for those flu symptoms. Decongestants can help clear up congestion by reducing swelling and relieving sinus pressure.
You can also take pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin to help with headache and body ache symptoms. They can also lower your body temperature to alleviate pain and reduce fever.
There are many other items you can add to your flu season kit, but these are 5 items you need to get you through the flu season.