EVERYONE has been focused on not getting Covid for so long, it’s almost a surprise when other bugs start to re-enter life.
But now Brits are being hit with colds, and next on the list for a grand return is flu.
Health chiefs have warned that we could see up to 60,000 deaths this year from flu, much more than usual.
This is because we barely saw any flu cases last year as everyone was socially distancing and wearing masks.
But this winter, with restrictions out of the window, it could be quite the bug-fest, experts fear.
So, there are a number of things you can do to try and protect yourself as much as possible from flu…
This might seem obvious but it is a really key part of trying to stay one step ahead of flu.
If you are vaccinated your body is primed and ready to tackle the virus if you come across it.
Flu jabs started from September for children aged two and three, all primary school children, people aged 50 and over, pregnant women, unpaid carers, and frontline health and adult social care staff.
The NHS offers a free flu jab to those most at risk of getting the virus so if you qualify then you can get it free anywhere that offers it.
But it’s also a good idea to book in for one even if you don’t fall into the vulnerable categories.
At Boots it costs £15 which, if you can afford it, is potentially a small price to pay for getting really sick and missing days of work.
You might not think it but some experts think getting vaccinated at certain points in the day can improve the efficacy.
Being jabbed in the morning is thought to be the best time.
Professor Janet Lord, professor of cell biology at the University of Birmingham, told the Telegraph: “Your immune system is very [influenced by your]circadian rhythm.”
A study she carried out found that people jabbed between 9am and 11am produced more antibodies.
She added: “They work in the afternoon as well, but they just work better in the morning. We still don’t fully understand why, but it does.”
It’s important to know that getting your vaccine in the afternoon won’t make it work any less, it just could work even better if you have it in the morning.
Make sure you are eating enough fruit and vegetables to provide your body with vitamins.
Vitamin C, D and zinc have all been found to increase cold and flu fighting potential.
Experts say it is better to have regular consumption rather than sudden random large doses.
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