Yes, flu season is here and most of us have received or will be getting our annual flu shot. Since I am in and out of client’s homes and mingle with an older population with my business as well as my personal life a flu shot is a basic precaution I take every single year.
Although I am writing this 2 days into the government shut down the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is worrying about how they will track flu break outs and give appropriate updates on flu breakouts. Luckily the CDC has a great website with valuable information for all of us to refer including 3 actions to fight the flu.
1. Get the flu vaccine – check with your doctor to determine your flu risk factor.
2. Take common sense preventative actions every day to stop the spread of germs; i.e. washing hands, avoid close contact with sick people, stay home from work if you have symptoms, and among other things avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
3. Take antiviral (different from antibiotics) if and as prescribed by your doctor. According to CDC, “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.”
Please do whatever possible to have a Flu-Free Season. However check with your doctor about taking the flu shot. Also, if you start experiencing flu-like symptoms Flu-like symptoms like fever (or not), cough, or body aches, headache, chills and fatigue you should contact your doctor.
Be safe, well, and happy!