Don’t let flu season spoil your holidays

Monday, November 6, 2017

As we slowly approach the holiday season, we must also acknowledge the dreaded flu season. While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are spotted yearly throughout the United States, the flu viruses are most prevalent during the fall and winter (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017).

The flu virus is spread through person to person. Experts believe the flu is spread though droplets of an infected person, to another through flu cough, sneeze or talk. In some cases, a person can become infected by touching a subject and/or object that has the flu virus, then touching their own nose or mouth.

The flu virus is very contagious. An infected adult may spread the virus a day before they themselves experience any symptoms. They may also continue to spread the virus five to 10 days after becoming sick. Children have potential of passing the virus for longer periods of time. It is highly recommended that people who have the virus stay at home, and those who do not, stay away from those who have the virus.

Flu symptoms usually start within 1-7 days after the virus has entered into your body.

Flu symptoms may range from body aches, fever, tiredness and dry cough. Flu symptoms have potential to lead to hospitalization and/or worsen.

The flu virus is different from the common cold as it is more serve. Both virus are respiratory illnesses, yet they come from a different strain. In most cases,

common colds do not lead to hospitalization. Although, a person with the common cold may experience runny/stuffy nose, and coughing.

The flu and common cold can be prevented by adapting six healthy habits into your lifestyle.

1. Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

2. Stay at home when you are sick.

3. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

5. Clean your hands.

6. Get plenty of sleep.

The flu is preventable. The single best way to prevent the flu is by obtaining a yearly flu vaccination. (CDC, 2017). Content from this news article was obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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