Get Ready for Flu Season!
The flu is an infection of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus. It usually causes mild to severe illness, but sometimes it can cause fatal complications. Every flu season is different, and influenza can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and then spread it to others.
This year, COVID-19 has made it more important than ever to get your flu shot! Today communities, campuses, and healthcare workers around the world begin to prepare for this year's flu. This is your reminder to schedule your flu vaccine. Flu season starts in the fall. According to the CDC, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine during flu season. This is the most important step you can take to help stop the spread of germs! Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about the flu shot.
Getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever because, like SARS-CoV-2, influenza is a respiratory virus, and we want to avoid having two respiratory outbreaks in our population at the same time. Did you know that up to 1 billion people worldwide get the flu every year? Experts say that the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Early fall is the most ideal time. However, you may have flu shots even in the winter if you haven’t already done it. Everyday preventive actions also can help fight germs, like flu.
Help Prevent the Flu: Prevention Tips
Getting vaccinated every year is the best protection against the flu
Eating healthy, balanced meals can strengthen your immune system
Do physical activities to keep
Wash hands often with soap and warm water
Avoid touching your face. Touching your eyes, nose or mouth are the easiest ways for germs to get into your body
Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected
If you are sick, stay home and avoid meeting other people until your symptoms disappear
Get plenty of sleep, manage your stress and keep your immune system strong
Are you ready? With the arrival of the flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to receive your flu shot.