It’s here: the annual rite known as flu season, and that means it’s also time for you and your family to get your annual flu vaccination. Here’s why it’s a good idea:
Getting your flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.
Preventing the flu can help you:
Here’s some new flu information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that you should know:
Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October. Getting the vaccine later is OK, too.
It’s easy to confuse a cold with the flu. Here are some guidelines for understanding the difference.
|Headache||Rare||Common, can be severe|
|Muscle aches||Mild||Common, often severe|
|Fatigue, weakness||Mild||Can last 2+ weeks|
|Extreme exhaustion||Never||Common early in illness|
|Cough||Mild hacking cough||Common, can be severe|
|Nausea and vomiting||Rare||Rare|
* Never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, particularly fever.
If you get the flu, see your health care provider. The CDC recommends you stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without use of a fever-reducing medicine. Your health care provider may prescribe an antiviral. These drugs can help you feel better faster and may present serious complications.
To prevent the flu, we need to stop the spread of the flu virus. Here are four steps you can take:
The flu vaccine is your best protection against the flu virus. Ask your health care provider about the best form for you.
Get plenty of sleep, eat a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly and keep your stresses under control.
Doing these things will strengthen your immune system, and it will be harder for the flu virus to take hold.
The flu virus is highly contagious and can easily pass from one person to the next through sneezing, coughing or touching contaminated surfaces.
Proper hand washing is essential for preventing the flu.
Whenever you have questions or concerns about flu in your family, see your health care professional. To help ensure your family’s health through flu season, get the flu vaccine soon.