Fall is here and nice weather isn’t the only thing that came with it. It’s flu season and that means taking extra precautions in protecting your health and the health of your family.
The Influenza Virus, commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory illness that affects millions of Americans each year. The Center for Disease Control reported over 37 million cases from October 2018 to May 2019. The flu may seem more like an inconvenience than a cause for concern for most adults, but for small children, adults over 65, pregnant women, and those with health conditions, the flu can be life threatening. By preventing yourself from getting the flu you not only save yourself the trouble of being out of work for week but also stop the spread of this dangerous illness.
The number one thing you can to prevent the spread of the flu is to get vaccinated! The Flu Vaccine is the best defense we have against the flu. For healthy adults, the flu vaccine reduces your chance of catching the flu by 40 to 60%. For at risk groups like small children and adults over 65 the flu vaccine reduces their chance of catching the flu and reduces the likelihood that they will be hospitalized by it. Even if you have been vaccinated before, it is important to be vaccinated every flu season. Vaccines work best when they closely match the type of virus you are trying to prevent. It’s important to get vaccinated every year because the type of flu virus changes each year.
In addition to vaccines, there are day to day actions you can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus. The Center for Disease Control offers 4 easy steps you can take to further prevent the spread of the flu and other illnesses:
Avoid close contact.
Experts believe that the flu is spread through tiny droplets that fly through the air when we talk, cough, or sneeze. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and try not to be too close to people when you are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
You may think that going to work when you are sick shows how dedicated you are, but it really is best for everyone if you stay home and rest.
Cover your mouth and nose.
Coughs and sneezes are a huge contributor to the spread of the flu virus. Turn your head and try to cough and sneeze into your elbow or your hands.
Clean your hands.
The Medical field was revolutionized in the 19th century when doctors realized that germs could be passed from person to person on their hands. In the 21st century, the best way to prevent the spread of contagious diseases is still good old fashioned soap and water.
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