It’s been a banner year for the flu so far. If you’re one of those who have been putting off your flu shot, it’s not too late. The flu season is still going strong and GraceMed actually administers the shots into May of each year.
This year’s flu carries with it a particularly potent mix of
- Sore throat,
- Aches and pains,
- Fever or chills,
- Cough and
- Debilitating weariness.
Children may also suffer from either diarrhea or vomiting. There have been 6,600 deaths ascribed to the illness nationally thus far out of 13 million cases.
What should you do if you get the flu?
Start seeing your doctor and avoid seeing anyone else as much as you can. Your doctor can prescribe antiviral medications, strengthen your immune system so you can recover quicker and help with your symptoms. And you can do the rest of the world a favor by limiting their exposure to your illness.
If you are fortunate enough not to have caught the flu bug yet (also known as influenza), remember how important it is to wash your hands as often as possible. The germs carrying this illness are marching over door knobs and surfaces everywhere, so cleanliness is next to healthiness.
In addition to good hand washing, you can follow these tips to keep you and your family healthy:
- Avoid close contact with people who may be sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, whether it’s a bad cold, a stomach virus or influenza.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze to prevent spreading germs.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, and drink plenty of fluids.
To learn more about how the flu spreads, watch this video from the CDC. If you would like to get your flu vaccination, please contact us for an appointment!
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