Quick Tips to Stop the Flu Before it Stops You
Monday, December 7, 2015


A few simple tips to halt the flu in its tracks.

Woman wrapped in blanket, suffering from flu.


'Tis the season of coughs, runny nose and chills and all through the city neighbors are getting sick. You may be asking yourself, “What can I do to stop the flu before the flu stops me?”

Since it’s not realistic to don matching family haz mat suits, move everyone you know to a homestead in the woods, or bathe in hand sanitizer, the following are some daily tips that can reduce your risk of getting sick — and avoid estranging your friends and family.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or in a pinch consider an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Rub your eyes, pick your nose or put your fingers in your mouth only after you have washed your hands. Hand-to-face contact is one way influenza is transmitted.
  • Sleep! Researchers say that decreased sleep time impairs our body’s ability to fight off infections such as the common cold and influenza. Aim for sleeping 7-9 hours per night (napping at your desk not included) to give your body a fighting chance against the flu.
  • Limit contact with people who are acutely sick by staying at least 6 feet away.
  • Clean surfaces that are high contact, such as door knobs or desk tops.
  • Lastly, have a conversation with your healthcare provider about whether a flu shot is appropriate in relationship to your medical history and overall risk of infection.

Often the conversation around flu prevention can get a little muddy and hard to navigate. You have the choice to make it simple or complicated, but I find the simple options don’t break the bank and also support overall health. Take care, Seattle!

— By Brandon Testa, ND (‘15), resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health

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