If you haven’t gotten the flu shot this year, its not too late! Flu season peaks in February so now is the best time to get the vaccine.
The flu shot reduces the risk of contracting influenza. Influenza is a severely contagious respiratory illness that in extreme cases can be deadly. Symptoms of the flu include sore throat, fever, body aches, headache, and cough. It can take up to 2 weeks to completely feel better.
This flu season has already proven to be much worse than last season. A flu shot is the best way to prevent the spread influenza to yourself and others. Anyone six months or older should get the flu shot; however, it is especially important for elders, pregnant women, and children.
Consistently getting the flu shot each year has proven to reduce the risk of ending up in the hospital due to the flu. The flu shot does not guarantee that you will not get the flu, but it does greatly diminish the severity of the flu if it is contracted. Help save your life and the lives of others by getting the flu shot this flu season.
The fall and winter months are usually the time to come down with a cold. Follow these five simple steps to prevent a cold:
- Wash Your Hands Frequently. Washing your hands is the best way to prevent a cold. During cold and flu season, it is especially important to encourage friends and family to wash hands to prevent the spread of germs.
- Wear Layers. During cold weather, your immune system may slow down. Although cold weather cannot cause a cold, these weather conditions can help germs grow. This is why it is important to layer clothing. Hats and scarves are also very beneficial in cold weather.
- Get Your Rest. Get plenty of sleep. When you aren’t running on enough sleep, your immune system isn’t working as hard. Try getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night during cold and flu season.
- Keep Your Distance. Stay away from sick family members, friends, and colleagues. Since most people stay indoors during cold months, everyone is breathing the same air. It is best to avoid people that are sniffling, coughing, and sneezing as much as possible.
- Drink Plenty of Fluids. Drinking lots of fluids can boost the immune system and help fight off colds. Try to drink at least 6 glasses of water per day.