Winter is coming, the holidays are near and that usually means cold and flu season isn't far off. It is key to focus on prevention. It seems like the flu is spreading as per usual here in Whistler, as patients, friends and family try to fight the yearly viral battle. Regardless of where you live, there are some universal things to consider to avoid the flu.
Before we can prevent it, we need to know what the flu is.
What is the flu?
The flu is caused by the influenza A or B virus. It occurs in the same percentages for both men and women. It is more common in kids than adults. This is because as we get older and have gone through battles with the flu, we build up an immunity to the various strains of the flu. Kids, on the other hand, have a very new immune system so they don't have the same acquired immunity to prevent the various types of flu. Since they haven't had the exposure to build up an immunity, they are more prone to the flu.
What are the symptoms of the flu?
We've all felt the sudden onset of headache, fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, fatigue, and foggy mind. If you haven't, well then you my friend are superman or superwoman. These symptoms are usually a case of your common flu.
How do we prevent it from happening in the first place?
These strategies are always a great step to preventing the flu throughout the year.
If it's too late and you already have the flu, talk to your naturopathic doctor. They can help support your immune system and minimize your symptoms to get you feeling great again and have you back on the mountain!
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