It starts with an innocent sniffle or tickle at the back of your throat and before you know it, you're sick with the flu. Easy to catch and sometimes hard to get rid of, influenza is prominent during the winter months. These simple tips, from the timing of your grocery shopping to your exercise regimen, may help in preventing you from falling ill.
Bid the Flu Adieu
It's an all-too-familiar story: You wake up feeling fine, but within hours you're overcome with muscle aches, fever, or a painful sore throat. These are just some of the telltale signs of influenza, aka the flu.
Every year in the U.S., millions of people catch the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But you don't have to be one of them. We spoke with Michele Leder, MD, an internal medicine physician in New York, and Robin Miller, MD, who is both an internist and an integrative medicine specialist in Oregon, to learn some reliable ways to prevent the flu. Here's how to stay healthy during flu's prime time.