8 April 2015
As the winter months approach it is time to start thinking about how you can stay healthy and beat the flu. Although this so-called ‘winter’ may seem to be no more than a rumour on the Sunshine Coast, past flu seasons have shown that the warmer weather offers little protection against flu symptoms.
Having the flu is worse than the common cold. Body aches, fever, sore throat, nausea – that’s something no one wants to deal with!
How can you beat the bug?
The first line of defence is a healthy immune system, and it’s never too early (or too late) to prepare your body to fight off illness. You can build your immune system by using these immune boosters:
Have cold courtesy
Good hygiene is important to protect yourself and others during flu season:
stay home from work or school when you have flu symptoms
cover your mouth and nose when sneeze or cough
wash your hands thoroughly before eating, after going to the toilet and after coughing
clean commonly used surfaces often (desk, mouse, door handles and fridge handles)
Watch Sheldon’s thoughts on cold curtesy is in this YouTube clip.
Get a good night’s sleep
Your mum was right– lack of sleep does make us more prone to catching colds. The Immunology Journal confirms that sleep deprivation suppresses our immune system function, and people who are sleep deprived also get less protection from vaccines. So make sure you are clocking 8 hours of sleep a night.
Eat a well-balanced diet with a side of garlic
Nutritionist recommend you fuel your body with whole foods such as fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, legumes and lean red meat. In addition, health researchers say superfoods like garlic can help build your immune system.
The Queensland Government state that flu vaccinations are the most effective defense against the flu. You should ideally have your vaccination between March and May, before the onset of the flu season. However this year in Queensland the flu shot has been delayed by a month due to a change in the vaccine.
We will be offering bulk billed flu vaccinations for staff and students (by appointment):
- 4-7 May 2015 - USC Sippy Downs Campus
- 13 May 2015 - USC Gympie Campus
- 21 May 2015 - USC Southbank Campus
For the wider community, you can be vaccinated by your doctor or check with your local council for other locations.