|The dos and don'ts of flu season|
Flu season Ah, fall. Cooler temperatures and changing leaves. Shorter days and back-to-school. Fabulous fall fashions! Pumpkin Spice Lattes! What's not to love about this most delicious of seasons?
There are a couple of reasons Labor Day seems to usher in an uptick in illness in most parts of this country. Children and adults returning from vacations into the close proximity of classrooms and offices unwittingly bring exotic viruses from afar into those confined spaces. And grandma was right: Colder temperatures do negatively impact the human immune system.
So what can you do to minimize your chances of falling ill this fall?
For answers, we turned to an expert: Mercedes R. Gallup, BSN, RN-BC, PHN, Board Certified in College Health. Mercedes is the Nursing and Clinical Support Unit Supervisor at the California State University at Northridge, which means she's spent many years working with thousands of students and faculty — trying to keep everyone well. Here are a few things she recommends you do — and don't do! — to stay healthy.
Do start well.
It sounds simple … and it is. People who enter the cold and flu season in good health are likelier to stay healthy, and those who do pick up a bug will recover more quickly and completely. Mercedes explains: