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February 7, 2018

Avoid the Flu - How to Protect and Prepare

Fever, headache, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, these are all symptoms of the seasonal flu, just to name a few. Many of us who encounter this seasonal flu each year do not do enough to follow precaution recommendations thinking that the flu is just a common cold with one or two more symptoms. This, however, is not the case. The flu brings fever, extreme fatigue and muscle aches, which can leave a person out of school or work for a week or more. And sadly, this year’s flu season has become deadly serious with reports of more than 50 influenza-related deaths across the U.S.

Preparation and protection of your body and well-being is the best course of action this flu season. The following steps, which anyone can do without much effort, are key in protecting yourself from the grasp of the seasonal flu.

  1. Receive a flu vaccination (flu shot)

One of the easiest and most effective ways to defend yourself from the seasonal flu is to receive a vaccination, also called a flu shot. The best time to receive a flu shot is right before winter, but it is never too late to get vaccinated, it can reduce symptoms even if you catch a bug. For those that do not like vaccination by needle injection as is common, there are now nasal spray vaccinations available in some locations. However, the CDC is not recommending the nasal spray flu vaccine for this year (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2017-2018.htm). If you need help finding a vaccination center near you, try this link: https://vaccinefinder.org/

  1. Avoid Close Physical Contact

The seasonal flu is almost exclusively spread from person to person, with children presenting the largest opportunity for spreading the illness. While it may be hard to avoid close contact with family or friends, it may not be so hard to avoid such contact with coworkers or classmates or with the surfaces that they touch where the flu virus can live. The less spreading of the seasonal flu virus and germs, the better for everyone. If you must be in contact with others, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, nose and face after sharing materials or a handshake.

  1. Keep Clean

As it was just mentioned that germs are everywhere during the seasonal flu season, it is very important to keep your body clean. This means bathing daily and washing your hands thoroughly whenever it is possible. If washing your hands is difficult, keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on your person when going out and at work or class. It is also very important to cover your mouth and nose if you need to cough or sneeze. Keeping germs out of the air and away from others will be to the benefit of everyone around. Since the flu virus can live on surfaces, it’s also a good idea to clean shared workspaces, eating areas, and other common areas thoroughly and often.

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-Jacob Yarnell ‘19