Staying healthy this flu season

Cold and flu season is upon us, and it is never too early to start taking precautions to keep you and your family safe.

Each year, thousands of people in the United States die from the flu, but the prevention can start at home. Symptoms include a fever, sore throat, cough, headache, and a runny or stuffy nose. Anyone has the potential to catch the flu, but children and the elderly are at the highest risk. It is important to exercise regularly, maintain a healthy diet, and vaccinations are highly encouraged by medical professionals.

"Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to get the vitamins and minerals to help your immune system to stay strong particularly. Also eat protein as that's what is needed to build antibodies in your body and get plenty of zinc." said Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Maura Gerdes.

If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, it is important to see a health care provider as soon as possible. At this time, no flu cases have been reported in the Kirksville area.