With flu season just around the corner, it’s essential to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy. Here’s our guide to flu prevention and treatment so you can protect you and your loved ones all winter long.
What is the Flu?
Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness. The illness can range from mild to severe, with acute cases resulting in hospitalization or death. Children, seniors, and people with particular health conditions are at a higher risk of contracting the flu. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches, fatigue, vomiting, or diarrhea.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year. If you work with or are in close contact with any of the high-risk groups listed above, it’s highly recommended that you are vaccinated as well. You can also strengthen your immune system and protect yourself by practicing healthy habits, such as getting a good sleep, eating healthy foods, and managing your stress. Be sure to avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you’re sick. Finally, take preventative action to stop the spread of germs—cover your mouth and nose, wash your hands, and keep high-traffic areas clean and sanitized.
If you get the flu, antiviral drugs prescribed by a doctor may be the best treatment option because they lessen symptoms and can shorten the time you’re sick by 1-2 days. They can also help to prevent pneumonia, which can be a serious complication of the flu. If you’re exhibiting symptoms of the flu or you’re at a higher risk of contracting the flu, see your doctor immediately. When caring for someone with the flu, avoid being face-to-face with them and wash your hands after touching them or handling their tissues and laundry. When holding sick children, place their chin on your shoulder so that they don’t cough in your face.
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