Flu Season is Here
Flu season is here...are you protected? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by various flu viruses that affects 5 to 20 percent of people in the United States each year.
Flu related complications include pneumonia and dehydration, which can last one to two weeks. In some cases, the flu can also lead to death.
The best way to protect yourself against the flu is by getting vaccinated each year...preferably before flu season starts.
If you come down with flu symptoms stay away from people as much as possible to avoid infecting them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, unless medical care or necessities are required.
While vaccination remains the best line of defense against the flu, there are simple, everyday preventive actions you can take to help fight the spread of viruses such as washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Using your hands to cover your mouth can result in the spread of the virus. Also, wash your hands frequently, whether you have the flu or not. This helps prevent the spread and the acquisition of the flu virus.