Tips to Help Prevent Catching the Flu
The Center for Disease Control suggest "Take 3" Actions to Fight the Flu - a serious, contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
1. Take time to get flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a vaccine. It is very important that people of high risk receive their vaccination to reduce risk and severity. Those at high risk of flu complications include very young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, and those age 65 and older.
2. Take steps everyday to prevent the spread of germs:
- Avoid close contact with those who are ill.
- Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms at least for 24 hours after your fever subsides.
- While you are sick, avoid contact with others.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohols based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that may have been contaminated by germs.
3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. this may shorten the time you are sick or make the symptoms milder. They may also prevent serious flu complications. It is recommended that you take the flu antiviral within two days of getting sick. But starting later can also help, especially those at high risk. Always, follow your doctors instructions.
Here's to a flu-free season!