Seasonal flu symptoms can have the look and feel of a common cold. That’s why the sneaky flu can be such a winter monster for your family’s health. Addressing the flu head on can prevent days of bedridden misery. Knowing what you’re up against is only half the battle. Read on and fight back!
A yearly flu shot is the most important way to protect from flu viruses. Young children, pregnant women, and people 65 years and older are at the highest risk of serious flu complications. Since we are all around these folks daily, everyone can benefit from yearly vaccination.
If you begin to feel flu-like symptoms, consult your doctor. There are prescriptions that can treat flu if taken within 48 hours. Flu symptoms usually appear suddenly, so immediate attention will help in getting on the road to recovery.
Because flu is spread person to person or even by touching an infected surface it’s important to be a little more germ-conscious at the peak of flu season. Instead of looking for a bubble to hide in until spring, we recommend the following germ-fighting tips:
· Wash hands with soap and warm water after shaking hands or touching a public surface. These could be harboring germs.
· Keep anti-bacterial hand sanitizer,or disinfectant wipes handy
· Try not to touch your mouth, eyes, or nose without disinfecting your hands first
· Stay healthy: keep a balanced diet, exercise, and get plenty of sleep each night.
If you do come down with the flu this season, be considerate to yourself and others. The flu is contagious for up to a week after you get sick– stay home with plenty of liquids and rest until you are feeling better.
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