Posted on November 10 2018
It's that Time of Year Again!
Ahh Flu Season, when it seems like your office is half empty and your social circle is bare, because everyone is sick! The time of year where you wash your hands every hour and drink Emergen-C by the gallon just to keep from catching the bug all of your friends have. If you've ever had the Flu you know that it is a miserable feeling. Did you know there's a way to prevent this miserable virus??
Of course you did! You've seen the commercials, the signs at every place that has a pharmacy, and the ads on the web all telling you to get. your. flu. shot. If you haven't gotten it yet you're probably thinking "I don't need this, I'm a strong and healthy person. I'm not susceptible to the flu!"
As you head into the flu season, it is helpful to know the symptoms and risks of the flu, and most importantly, how you can best prevent it.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that each year in the United States, the flu results in 31.4 million outpatient visits, 200,000 hospitalizations, and between 3,000 and 49,000 deaths. Death! That's pretty scary right?? Okay, all most all of those deaths are the extremely elderly, immune compromised individuals, and lil babies. So, there's like a 99.8% chance you won't die from the flu, but you'll sure feel like death!
Recognize Flu Symptoms Early So You Don’t Spread It To Other People.🙅🏻♀️
One of the flu’s defining factors is that it hits abruptly whereas a cold appears gradually.
Here's a list of typical symptoms:
You might be thinking these look a lot like symptoms of a cold but again you'd be WRONG! (no offense, but you've wrong a lot today) These symptoms are actually pretty unique to the flu. Generally if you feel like you have a cold, but you have a fever, it's definitely the flu.
If You Get it, Don't Spread it! 😷
If you think you have the flu please be a pal and don't give it to every person you know. Here's what you can do to help!
Ask your doctor for an antiviral to lessen the intensity and shorten your bout with flu.
Stay at home and avoid contact with others, especially if you have a fever.
Remain hydrated to help your respiratory system turn the mucus into a thin liquid.
Inhale steam or add moisture to the air with a humidifier to ease the coughing and general congestion.
Treat your body aches with over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
How Do You Prevent Getting The Flu?
The most effective way to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu shot. (Duh)
The flu vaccination is designed to protect you from the common influenza virus strains of that season by releasing antibodies into your system. Antibodies, people!! According to the CDC, healthy adults who get vaccinated decrease their likelihood of getting the flu by 70% to 90%. In 2012 - 2013 alone, 45% of the US population got vaccinated, which prevented an estimated 6.6 million flu-related illnesses.
That's AMAZING PEOPLE!!
While nothing completely guarantees that you will not get the flu this season, obtaining your flu shot is the first step and best preventative option. For additional techniques to decrease your likelihood of contacting the influenza virus remember to:
Keep your distance from people who are sick.
Wash your hands regularly.
Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Remain hydrated, eat nutritious food, and get adequate sleep.
Disinfect commonly touched surfaces, such as countertops, doorknobs, cell phones, and computers.
So my dear friends of the concrete jungle. Please get your flu shot and save those sick days for playing hookie!