Flu Season Has Struck Early!
November 25, 2015
Tips for giving yourself the best chance at staying well
With flu season upon us, don’t delay getting a flu vaccination if you haven’t already done so. It’s better to make time for a flu shot or nasal spray than have to put your life on hold due to illness. And if there are several members in your household, it’s very difficult to prevent the virus from spreading from one to the next, so why not make getting your vaccinations a family affair?
Here are some flu facts from the CDC:
- Flu viruses, like many other viruses, mainly spread by being in close proximity to an infected person who is coughing, sneezing, or talking. Also, viruses are spread by touching a surface that have the virus on it (door handle, shopping cart, card reader, keyboard, toys, etc.) and then touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
- A person with the flu virus may be contagious beginning one day before showing symptoms themselves and five to seven days after becoming sick, or even longer.
- Those that are sick with a flu-like virus should, with the exception of seeking medical care, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the aid of fever-reducing medicine.
In addition to getting an annual flu vaccine, the following tips are important any time of year, not just during flu season:
- This is a biggie – wash your hands often with soap and water. And make this the first thing you do when you get home from anywhere. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you can’t wash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. This is another biggie.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than covering your face with your hand. If you suspect you’re sick, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and then discard the tissue.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects on a regular basis because not everyone remembers to follow tips 1, 2, and 3!
There are generally numerous convenient opportunities to get a flu shot or nasal spray, whether your workplace brings in a healthcare team, you stop in at your local pharmacy clinic, or you go to your regular physician’s office, so make it a priority. For those of you in the vicinity of our Rapid Med offices in Double Oak or The Colony, feel free to call, schedule online, or walk in for your flu vaccine today. Rapid Med is open seven days a week and can address all of your urgent care, primary care, preventive, and occupational care needs.
We’ll offer information on the flu vaccine and antiviral medications in our next blog post, so stay tuned.