It’s That Time of the Year Again: Flu Season Is Here

The arrival of the fall and winter months signals many things, including the beginning of flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity peaks between December and February.

Flu Symptoms

Seasonal influenza can cause serious complications for people of any age, but children and the elderly are more vulnerable. The flu is most often associated with the sudden onset of fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, congestion, cough and sore throat. Most people recover within a few days to less than two weeks. Occasionally, complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis or other infections can occur.

Flu Prevention

The flu vaccine is your best chance of preventing the illness. Currently, the CDC recommends that anyone over 6 months of age receive an annual flu vaccine.

While there are many different types of flu viruses, the vaccine protects you against the viruses that experts believe will be most common that year.

In addition to getting your annual vaccine, here are some other tips to stay healthy this season:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay away from others when you feel under the weather.
  • Wash your hands often using soap and warm water to protect against germs.
  • Get plenty of sleep, stay physically active and drink plenty of water to keep your immune system strong.
  • Manage your stress and eat a nutritious diet rich in healthy grains, fruits, vegetables and fiber.

Get your Fill of Flavonoids

It’s easier than you might think to consume 500mg of flavonoids.

Here are three simple ways to get your daily dose:

Drink 1 cup of green tea.

Eat 100 g of blueberries.

Eat 100 g of broccoli.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 203
Total Fat 8 g
Protein 7 g
Carbohydrates 30 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Sodium 43 mg
Total Sugars 6 g

Source: USDA

Autumn Vegetable Succotash


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup onion (diced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cups zucchini (diced)
  • 2 cups yellow summer squash (diced)
  • 3 cups lima beans (frozen)
  • 3 cups corn (frozen)
  • 2 tsp. dried sage


  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add oil.
  2. Add onion and cook until translucent.
  3. Add garlic, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, lima beans and corn. Season as desired.
  4. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are tender (about 10 minutes). Stir in sage and serve.

Makes: 8 servings

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This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.