It’s that time of year again, Flu Season. Unfortunately, as humans there is nothing we can do to completely stop the flu virus from entering our systems, but we can attempt to prevent it!
Here are some steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu. Simple things such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or a hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, (germs are spread very easily this way).
- Try to avoiding close contact with sick people, such as relatives and friends.
- Practice good health habits such as getting enough sleep and exercising.
- Drink plenty of fluids like water and juices high in Vitamin C.
- Vitamin D which you can get from the sun should be supplemented.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine. It is best to play it safe and not spread to those around you such as at work or school.
Aside from practicing these simple habits for preventing the flu virus, it is also a good idea to consider and talk to your doctor about getting the Flu Vaccination as well as taking preventive antiviral medications.
People most at risk are:
- People 65 or older.
- Young children .
- Pregnant women.
- People with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart an lung diseases.
- Healthcare workers that is more likely to care for flu victims and come into contact with the flu virus.
Symptoms to look out for during flu season are:
- A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever).
- A cough and/or sore throat.
- A runny or stuffy nose.
- Headaches and/or body aches.
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children).
If at anytime you experience any of these symptoms you should visit your doctor immediately to seek treatment.
The Flu Virus is a virus that the body usually fight’s on its own. The best way to treat the Flu is:
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink clear fluids like water, broth, sports drinks, or electrolyte beverages to prevent becoming dehydrated.
- Place a cool, damp washcloth on your forehead, arms, and legs to reduce discomfort associated with a fever.
- Put a humidifier in your room to make breathing easier.
- Gargle salt water to soothe a sore throat.
- Cover up with a warm blanket to calm chills.
- If necessary over the counter medications may be helpful.
Stay in control of your health this Flu Season and take precautions when coming in contact with others. C.H. Edwards, wishes you healthy, Holiday Season!
Written by: Amanda Haase & Denise Visco