You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

14 Things You Shouldn’t Do if You Have the Flu

Reader's Digest.CA Logo By Sunny Sea Gold of Reader's Digest.CA | Slide 1 of 14: It's not easy to predict how bad an upcoming flu season will be, says Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, MD, a physician and health and wellness expert in New York City. 'But if the 2018-2019 flu season mirrors the severity of last year's flu season, then we can definitely anticipate a huge surge in hospitalizations and outpatient doctor visits once the flu season is in full swing,' she says. Although some employers may frown on taking sick days, when it comes to the flu, staying home is really best for everyone. 'The influenza virus is ... extremely contagious and has the propensity to spread quickly. It's never a good idea to attempt to mask your flu symptoms and push yourself to go to work or school when you know you are fighting a viral infection—you're only exposing more people in your community,' Dr. Okeke-Igbokwe points out. Check out these 12 habits that will naturally boost your immune system.

Don't load up on meds so you can work

It's not easy to predict how bad an upcoming flu season will be, says Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, MD, a physician and health and wellness expert in New York City. 'But if the 2018-2019 flu season mirrors the severity of last year's flu season, then we can definitely anticipate a huge surge in hospitalizations and outpatient doctor visits once the flu season is in full swing,' she says. Although some employers may frown on taking sick days, when it comes to the flu, staying home is really best for everyone. 'The influenza virus is ... extremely contagious and has the propensity to spread quickly. It's never a good idea to attempt to mask your flu symptoms and push yourself to go to work or school when you know you are fighting a viral infection—you're only exposing more people in your community,' Dr. Okeke-Igbokwe points out. Check out these 12 habits that will naturally boost your immune system.
© LightField Studios/Shutterstock

More from Reader's Digest

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon