The Flu Review
As the flu season approaches it is important that we keep in mind ways to help each other stay healthy. Here are some useful tips to think about when you and your loved ones start getting the aches and sniffles.
#1 The flu isn’t just another cold
Influenza is a serious disease and can lead to hospitalization and sometime even death.
#2 Anyone can get sick with the flu
While the flu can make anyone sick, certain people are at a greater risk:
- Older people
- Young children
- People with a chronic disease
- Pregnant women
#3 Take time to get a flu vaccine
Protect your family by getting yourself vaccinated. A flu vaccine reduces your risk and can prevent you from spreading the virus to your family and co- workers. Note: The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
#4 Stop the spread of flu germs
Here are some everyday preventive actions to stop these germs in their tracks:
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, use a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds each time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth – this is the main way germs spread.
- Stay home if you are sick with a flu-like illness. The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
#5 Vaccines are not just for kids
Vaccines can prevent Influenza (flu), shingles, tetanus/diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and pneumonia. So make sure you are up-to-date with your vaccines!
For additional information on this important, seasonal topic, visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adult