The 2017-2018 flu season is officially here. The flu is serious and individuals with a weakened immune system, such as the elderly, are especially vulnerable to its effects. As such, we would like to share some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will help prevent the spread of germs that cause the flu.
1.Get the flu shot
It is recommended anyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual flu vaccination before the end of October to receive the most protection from the flu.
2. Cover your cough/sneeze
By covering your cough/sneeze, this will cut down on the spread of germs to other people and objects. This is a great way to stop the spread of the flu!
3. Wash your hands
Washing your hands is another great way to stop the spread of germs and prevent illness. If your hands are clean then you have a better chance of not getting sick.
4. Get pneumococcal vaccines
If you are 65+ you should be up to date on with the pneumococcal vaccine. The pneumococcal vaccine protects against pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a serious flu related complication that can lead to death. Please talk to your doctor to find out what vaccinations are recommended for you.
5. Seek medical attention
As soon as you start experiencing flu like symptoms, immediately seek medical attention. It is important to seek medical attention within the first 2 days of illness so that you can receive the greatest benefit from the medication. If you are experiencing any flu related symptoms try to stay away from children and anyone who is 65+. Once you go to the doctor try to stay home and rest and avoid going out in the public to protect you and other from the spread of germs.
6. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is a great way to keep yourself healthy during the flu season. But if you are sick with the flu it is very important to stay hydrated. it is important to compensate any fluid you may lose while being sick.
Read more at:https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/65over.htm