Flu season is right around the corner, and the last thing you want to deal with as the holidays approach and the academic year intensifies is a stuffed-up nose, sore throat, and pounding headache. As the seasonal flu begins to make its rounds through the office and school yard, go on the defense. Make sure you and your family are ready to take on flu season and come out on the other side healthy and thriving.
How the Flu Spreads
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is an airborne virus that can be transferred from person to person from distances of up to six feet. Most doctors believe that the virus most often spreads when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The flu can also spread from contaminated objects or surfaces. Avoiding contact with infected people and thoroughly washing your hands frequently can help prevent the spread of this extremely contagious virus.
The Flu Shot
The CDC recommends an annual flu shot as the most effective method for preventing the flu during its peak season. The shot is considered safe for most patients over six months old, with exceptions for those with allergies to eggs or who are currently experiencing flu symptoms. Flu shots take up to two weeks to become effective, and the shot becomes available in late September. Although it is best to get the shot as soon as possible, it is better to get vaccinated late than to skip the vaccination altogether.
Watch Your Hands
Pay attention to how you use your hands. How often do you wash them? Do you find them touching your eyes, nose, or mouth often? Making purposeful changes to these small habits can protect your health in a big way.
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