Do you know what the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, says is the best way to prevent the flu and spread of flu symptoms? They suggest getting vaccinated. Beyond vaccination, good health habits can help prevent the spread of germs. If you do get sick with the flu, contact your doctor as soon as possible. Some newer medications may help ease your discomfort and even recover more quickly.
Estimates of yearly flu deaths in the United States range from a low of 3,000 to a high of 49,000, and most victims are elderly. Though the flu vaccine is recommended for everybody over 6 months old, it is strongly suggested for vulnerable populations. This includes the elderly, people with chronic illnesses and some pregnant women. Today, the flu vaccine is available both through a traditional injection or a painless nasal spray.
Getting the vaccination has two obvious benefits. The CDC says that you can help yourself by reducing the chance that you get the flu. You can also help others because you will be less likely to spread flu germs to others around you.
If you already have flu symptoms, it’s not too late to get treated. Your doctor might prescribe an antiviral medication that can reduce the severity and duration of your illness. However, this particular drug works best when it gets prescribed within a day or two of the onset of symptoms, so it’s a good idea to make an appointment as soon as you believe that you may have the flu. Otherwise, your doctor may just advise bed rest and over-the-counter medications to reduce your symptoms.
These are some flu facts about common symptoms:
- Aching head or muscles
- Fever and/or chills
- Nausea and fatigue
- Typically, a temperature over 100 degrees
Flu Season: Preventative Measures
The same sensible precautions that you might take to prevent the spread of any germs still apply. Make sure you use disposable tissues for coughs and runny noses; be sure that you and your children wash their hands before meals and after using the rest room; and keep bathroom and kitchen surfaces clean and disinfected.
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