Although the CDC has reported that the flu epidemic is beginning to slow down, the shear number of people infected hit record high. Due to the fact that the virus hit hard, fast and early, there’s a strong chance that the country may see a return epidemic.
Apparently, the old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” can’t ring truer when it comes to the influenza virus. So, what can you do to prevent this illness from reaching your doorstep?
The CDC recommends the following:
- A flu vaccine is the best way to protect against the flu
- All persons 6-month-old and older should get vaccinated
- Wash your hands frequently and if you’re not near water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Stay away from people who are sick
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth as germs often spread this way
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Scientists believe that the flu is spread mainly by droplets when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Even despite your best efforts, you may still catch the flu. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
If you think that you’ve caught the flu, call your healthcare provider. Then take care not to pass it on. Minimize contact with others. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and put your used tissue in a trashcan. Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently and as soon as possible if you have sneezed or coughed on your hands.
*Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included in this article is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider.
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