Stay well-meaning lyrics have been a popular one of the “stay in” messages used by American doctors in recent years.
In the U.S., about 90 percent of people who are hospitalized with the flu take an active anti-flu drug, like azithromycin, and use their last day of antibiotics to stay well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
But these messages aren’t the only thing people should take in during the flu pandemic.
“Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids and stay active,” the CDC advises, so that your body can produce enough fluids and keep your immune system from being overwhelmed by the flu.
Dr. Michael Cappelli, director of the infectious diseases division at Boston Children’s Hospital, also advises people to take plenty of antibiotics throughout the flu campaign, including the first week of the pandemic when they are sickest.
“The flu season is so critical to your health that you can’t go out and do nothing to protect yourself,” Cappellesays.
“You have to be proactive, because if you wait too long, you’re going to get worse.”
To help make sure you have enough antibiotics for the flu, take a few simple steps to stay healthy and stay well-hydrated.
Follow these tips to stay hydrated and keep the flu away:If you can stay hydrate on your own, Cappello recommends getting a full glass of water every hour or two for the first few days.
That will give your body time to adjust to the new water and keep it hydrated.
If you can manage it, then you should drink at least half a glass of ice water, preferably water with a little bit of lemon or lime juice added.
You can add water to ice cream to make it more refreshing.
If you are having a cough, Capps says to avoid doing anything until your cough has cleared up.
“Avoid getting in your mouth too much, just to make sure the flu is over,” he says.
“If you’re not feeling well and can’t stay hydration, try to avoid getting in the mouth,” Capps continues.
“If you have trouble swallowing, drink about a half a cup of water to make yourself feel better.”