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3 Easy Peasy Ways To Prevent Cold & Flu This Winter

It's that time of year again! Flu season.

Winter flu is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus and can spread easily. It can infect the lungs and upper airways and cause high temperatures, fevers, headaches, sore throat and aches and pains. For most people, it’s an unpleasant, but not life-threatening infection, with symptoms including fever, headache, sore throat and all-over aches and pains.

Unfortunately, pregnant women are among those most at-risk of developing complications if they become infected with flu, so it's super important to take precautions! 

What can you do to try and prevent it?

1. Sanitise – Everything! 

Well, not everything. If you have little ones with snotty noses and hands, sanitise everything at their level, such as door knobs, remote controls, toys – to prevent the spread of germs. If you work in an office space or a shared space, it might be worth sanitising shared bits and bobs, such as the handle of the kettle, staplers, phones, door knobs. Prevention is better than cure, as they say! 

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2. Catch Some Extra Zzz’s. 

Winter is the time of year to hibernate! It’s colder, darker, damper… who wants to be out and about in that? So where possible, try to get a few extra hours. Research shows that our bodies need seven to eight hours of sleep in order to replenish our immune systems and to fight off infections and viruses. It’s one of the best ways to keep the body healthy, and it’s free! So, why not cosy up in bed with a good book a half hour earlier than usual, and try squeeze in a little bit more sleep for the winter months. 
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3. Get Your Winter Flu Vaccination 

To protect against seasonal flu, you should really consider vaccination. Boots provide a convenient and reassuring Winter Flu Vaccination Service to help you avoid infection. It costs €20, and if you have a medical card, the service is free. Vaccination is strongly recommended for pregnant women at any stage, people aged 65 and over, those with a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart, kidney, liver, lung or neurological disease, people whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment and people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40. Click here to check if you are eligible and to book an appointment, alternatively pop into your local Boots store to chat with the pharmacist about any questions you may have. 
This article has been sponsored by Boots.ie
 

About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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