Achoo, it’s time for Flu season!

Achoo, it’s time for Flu season!

  • Posted On : 11/28/2018 9:28 AM

The snuffles, sneezing, coughing, fevers and other symptoms are on the rise again this year! It’s officially the flu season. The flu season begins in November and extends to March for the years it’s at its peak. The flu season was the highest in 2009 with the flu pandemic and lasted for 19 weeks! The flu season is predicted to last over 17 weeks this year.

The best protection against the flu is a flu shot and keeping yourself healthy during this season.

The flu season

You can protect yourself with a flu vaccination. The flu vaccinations have been updated with the rise of superbugs in the medical field. There are two different kinds of vacations: nasal spray and regular dose flu shots. The Athena Health Flu tractor predicts the flu will be at its peak from January to February this year!  

The other ways you can protect yourself against the flu:

  • Wash your hands as often as possible
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose out in public places
  • Clean and disinfect any surfaces in your home
  • Wait 24 to 48 hours before going to the doctor

These are simple everyday things you should be doing to avoid getting sick and the flu.

The myths debunked

There are several different myths out there about the flu and the vaccination. These myths can be deadly to anyone susceptible to the flu season. Let’s debunk these myths with Harvard Health’s help!

You’ll get the flu from the vaccine

More often than not, people skip the flu vaccination because they’re afraid they will contract the flu from it. The flu shot is made from an inactive virus, which means, you can’t get sick from the vaccination.

Healthy people don’t need the flu shot

The CDC recommends that anyone over the age of six months old get a flu shot each year. The flu doesn’t care if you’re a healthy person.

The flu is a cold

At first, the flu can be mistaken for a cold but the symptoms are much more severe than an average cold. However, over 200,000 people were hospitalized last year during the flu season.

You can’t spread the flu once you have it

Often times, people assume once they have the flu they’re no longer contagious. On the other hand, some people can contract the flu before ever knowing they have it. This can cause you to spread the flu to loved ones and family members.

There isn’t a need for a flu shot

You got a flu shot last year, so you don’t need one this year, right? Each year the flu is changing and a new strain is happening. It’s important to get a flu shot each year because the flu is never quite the same as last year.

You need antibiotics for an ongoing fever

This is a common occurrence in the medical field. The moment someone gets a fever with chills and cold, during the flu season, the person assumes they have the flu. The best thing to do is wait 24 hours to see if the symptoms keep occurring. If so, go see your doctor from there. If you primary care physician or healthcare clinic provides telemedicine this is a great resource to take advantage of. You can sit at home in your pajamas and talk to a medical professional about the next steps you should take.

Don’t miss out on the holiday season because of the flu this year! Go to your primary care doctor, Walmart pharmacy, local pharmacy and other places giving out flu shots this year!

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