Three Steps to Stopping the Flu

Three Steps to Stopping the Flu

by Posted on: January 31, 2018Categories: LiveWell 24/7   

The flu has been especially rampant this year throughout the country. This illness can keep you miserable and out of work or school for several days, so it is important to protect yourself from the virus. There are several easy steps you can take to avoid becoming sick and start the new year off in your best health!

1. Get a Flu Shot: A yearly flu shot is the first and most important step in preventing the contraction of flu viruses. The flu vaccine can prevent doctor visits, missed work and school, and flu-related hospitalizations. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot every year, preferably by the end of October, but anytime is better than never. Vaccinations for health and child care workers are particularly important.

2. Take Everyday Preventative Actions: Try to avoid contact with sick people, and while sick, avoid contact with others for up to at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose, and clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that may be contaminated.

3. Take Flu Antiviral Drugs if Prescribed: Antiviral drugs can make the illness milder, shorten the time you are sick, and can prevent serious complications. Flu antiviral drugs work best when started within 2 days of getting sick. Look out for symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

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