As the weather begins to change and the fall season heads our way, many families across the 21229 zip code are preparing themselves for the beginning of flu season. The flu can spread quickly and can leave individuals in bed for days, maybe weeks depending on how the virus affects the individual. To prevent the flu this season, it is important to take preventative steps for you and your family.
Preventing the Flu
- Hygiene- Practicing good hygiene is one of the best ways to prevent the flu this upcoming season. If you have to cough or sneeze, do so within a tissue or into your arm and away from others. Wiping down hard surfaces like door knobs and countertops with a disinfectant can help kill the germs and viruses that are spread. Individuals should also avoid touching their mouth, eyes, or nose prior to washing their hands to also avoid spreading the virus.
- Diet- If possible, try to consume a balanced diet to keep your body strong. Fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants and meats provide protein. A vitamin supplement is also a good idea if you find your diet is lacking in some areas. Stay away from sugary beverages and increase your water intake as well. All are invited to have a hot nutritious lunch at My Brother’s Keeper Monday through Saturday from 11:00am until 12:00pm.
- Routine- Get yourself in the habit of healthy routines to stay healthy and prevent the flu. Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day can help keep your body strong. Routinely wash your hands after leaving a public space to help keep your hands germ free. Another routine should be to get enough sleep each night as well.
Symptoms of the Flu
- Nausea, diarrhea, and/or vomiting
- Stuffy nose
- Sore throat or cough
- Aches, either head or body
Preventing the Flu with MBK
If you have questions about possible flu vaccinations, or ways to fight the flu this flu season, contact My Brother’s Keeper. Especially during the flu season, our organization partners with health care providers serving 21229 communities, insuring healthcare access for all.
My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our programs are based on community need as well as the grants available to us at the time. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meals, employment assistance, health services and youth programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.