The CDC estimates that every year 9% of the U.S. population is hospitalized for confirmed flu cases. As we approach early fall and the CDC’s recommended time for vaccination, let’s talk about the FLU!
What can you do?
- Get Vaccinated early!
- It can take 2 weeks for the flu vaccine to become active in your system.
- Avoid contact with sick people if possible!
- If you are sick, limit contact with others
- The CDC recommends staying home for at least 24 hrs after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
- Cover your nose & mouth with tissue when coughing or sneezing- then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands!
- If a tissue isn’t available use your sleeve at the arm/elbow area
- Wash your hands often with soap & water, if they aren’t available use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, & mouth- germs spread this way!
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu!
- If you’re sick with the flu- early medical attention with prescription antivirals can lead to milder and shorter illness with fewer complications- if prescribed antivirals- take them….