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flu season 2018 African-American woman feeling sick at home. Lying in bed, drinking tea and medicine. Daytime.

As the leaves begin to fall, so too does our health—it’s flu season everyone. It may still be warm enough where you live to wear shorts and tank tops but the flu doesn’t care about any of that. Influenza outbreaks tend to pick up in October and November, and become strongest December through February. That’s a five-month season. Flu season straddles fall, winter, and even the very beginning signs of spring. If you’ve had the flu then you know how it can ruin your life and plans for weeks on end. Since it is at its strongest during the holiday season, the flu may be the reason you had to cancel that Christmas cruise one year, or that trip home to see your family. Can’t it just come during a boring time of the year like…March? No, wait—that’s spring break. Okay, June? Er, actually, that’s when all the fun summer solstice events happen. Well, there is just no good time for the flu, which is why you should know about these habits that increase your risk for it.

flu season 2018 shots

Warming up with booze

Though you may want to face the chillier nights with a hot toddy or some red wine, alcohol decreases your immune system’s functioning. Lay off the booze until you’re clear of flu season.

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