Sniffle Season is here! Ways to Gear Up for the Fight Against the Flu.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention there are 3 major steps we call can take to fight the flu:

First and foremost… Get a flu vaccine!

  • Getting a vaccine is your greatest weapon you can posses to battle the flu.
  • There are many places to get a vaccine without having to take time out of your busy life to make a doctors appointment, call off work to take your children out of school and make it there before the office closes. Some places that offen adminstor flu shots are your local drug store and your local Walmart.

Secondly, don’t forget the small everyday actions you can take to prevent spredding germs and bacteria!

  • Wash! Wash! Wash! Wash your hands with soap and hot water as often as possible and when you can not do so use an alcohol based hand santizer.
  • Disinfect objects and surfaces of your home that are often touched to kill germs and prevent them from spredding.
  • When you find yourself around someone sick remember to avoid close contact with them.
  • When you find yourself sick be sure to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and when around others keep your contact with them to as little as possible.
  • If you are using a co-worker’s work station, be sure to wipe down the phone, keyboard, or other equipment with a disinfectant wipe before and after use.

Lastly, if you do get the flu taking antiviral drugs may help more than taking anti-biotics.

  • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
  • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For people with high risk factors[702 KB, 2 pages], treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.
  • Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.
  • Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

 

(The information provided in this post was found on  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm)

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