It’s flu season and time to avoid that nasty respiratory illness. The seasonal illness is easy to spread and if not careful you can come down with it for a few days to weeks. Influenza which is commonly known by its alias the flu, is an extremely contagious respiratory illness which appears during the winter and early spring. During this time you will want to do your best job protecting yourself, so you aren’t bedridden for a period. Statistics show influenza is responsible for around 140,000–710,000 hospitalizations and 12,000–56,000 deaths annually.
Have you Received Your Flu Vaccine?
The most impactful thing you can do to avoid getting sick is getting your flu vaccination each year. Although not 100% guaranteed, the shot can help protect you from the most common virus strains in any given season. With outbreaks occurring in November to March months you should always try to get the shot before the end of October.
Avoid The Sick And Cleaning Common Areas
Watch out for those sneezing and coughing. The second best preventative method is to avoid those who are coughing and sneezing. Since the virus travels airborne those in close proximity have a higher risk of spreading the parasite along to others. Make sure that you are washing your hands and keeping them away from your mouth and nose. The flu can be acquired from touching a contaminated surface if you often touch anywhere on your face. Be sure to wipe down common areas such as work, school, and even at home.
Antiviral Prescriptions and Your Immune System
If you feel yourself coming down with influenza, try antiviral prescription medications that reduce the severity. Although symptoms of the flu can improve with rest and fluids these antiviral drugs can help if you are at a greater risk of developing the virus. How is your immune system working? This system protects your body from infection and if not working properly you can be at risk. To strengthen it, exercise frequently, consume fruits and vegetables, and make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep.
Stay safe during the flu season by following these tips and getting check-ups frequently.
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