If you have ever had the flu, you know how severe it can be. Here are some tips to prevent you from getting it.
- First, get vaccinated! All healthy people should be vaccinated. It can reduce your chance of getting the flu and lower the risk of hospitalization and death caused by the flu.
- Wash your hands. Viruses may be spread by indirect contact. Washing your hands is the best way to prevent getting sick.
- Cough into your elbow. Viruses cling to your bare hands. By coughing into your elbow, you can reduce the spread of viruses.
- Disinfect common surfaces. A virus can live on a surface for up to 72 hours.
- Drink plenty of water. Water can help strengthen your immune system. If you do get sick it flushes your system and rehydrates you.
If you would happen to get the flu, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist or are severe. Your doctor may prescribe an Antiviral medication.
Common flu symptoms include: Cough, sore throat, headache, feeling tired, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, fever or feeling feverish, and having chills.
Remember, by protecting yourself with the flu vaccine you are also protecting those around you.
Justine Hall, RN
Tel Hai Retirement Community