Flu season is here, and it is important that we not add a significant flu outbreak to the current pandemic outbreak. Because of COVID-19, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever. The flu is the only respiratory virus that is preventable by vaccination. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can cause death. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot in September or October but getting vaccinated anytime during flu season can help protect you.
Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly and people infected with the flu usually experience some or all of the following:
- Fever or feverish chills (not everyone with flu will have a fever)
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle and body aches
- Some people experience vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)
Getting a flu shot can help prevent the spreading of this illness to others. Here are some tips to prevent the spreading of flu germs:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your elbow. Coughing and sneezing into your elbow will keep the virus off your hands.
- Keep hands clean with frequent washing or by using hand sanitizers.
- Eat healthy! Balanced meals help to strengthen your immune system.
- Exercise! Physical activity boosts your immune system and encourages a speedy recovery if you get sick.
- Smile and laugh!!! It actually boosts your immune system. Yes, it really does!!!!
Remember, if you do get the flu, stay home until your fever is gone for 24 hours without using a fever-reducing medication to avoid spreading the virus to others.
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Ref: CDC.gov, Who.int