FLU Safety: Take 3 Actions to fight this year’s Flu!
YES, it is the MOST WONDERFUL time of the year! Unfortunately, this is also the time of year where illness spreads which make our children vulnerable to being sick. The CDC has broken down the 3 best ways to combat the flu this season.
- MAKE time to get the Flu vaccine. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
- Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. Antiviral drugs such as Tami-Flu, can make the illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk factor or is very sick from flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.