No one enjoys being sick, especially with something as debilitating as the flu. If you're someone who gets sick often, you may be worried that you have a greater chance of catching a virus. To determine how at risk you are, you'll want to watch out for signs you're more prone to catching the flu. Lifestyle habits can all play a role in your immune system, so if you want to avoid getting sick this season, you'll want to pay attention to you what's going on in your body.
Generally speaking, the entire population is at risk for contracting the influenza virus, Dr. Norman Moore, microbiologist and infectious disease expert at Abbott, tells Bustle. The environment you work or live in can determine your risk, along with your age and the presence of chronic illness. Getting a flu shot is most important in preventing the flu, both for yourself and spreading to others.
"It’s also important to get tested by a doctor if you think you have the flu," Dr. Moore says. "Antiviral medications that attack the flu virus work best when administered early and speed your path to recovery."
If you're concerned you may be at a higher risk for infection this season, watch out for these seven signs you're extra susceptible to the flu, according to experts.