National Library of Medicine gives tips for fighting the flu

In a recent article, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) outlined the necessary steps Americans should take to avoid coming down with the flu this season.

The best thing anyone can do to fend off the flu virus is to get a flu vaccine, but there are many supplementary actions that can be taken to help keep the flu at bay. Exercise has shown to be highly beneficial in warding off the virus. A recent study showed adults who exercised regularly during flu season spent 43 percent fewer days with an upper respiratory infection.

The amount of sleep people get each night is another indicator of how susceptible they may be to the virus. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation leads to less effective immune systems, lowering the body's defenses against the flu.

In close quarters such as a work place, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that doorknobs, phones, and other objects regularly be cleaned with disinfectant wipes. In the office, hand sanitizers, tissues, and proper work practices can help keep the virus from spreading among employees, ensuring a productive and healthy environment.

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