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Stay Protected This Flu Season

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Stay Protected This Flu Season

Late fall through winter can be a dangerous time of year. The Flu virus can more easily survive and thrive in cold weather, and the lower humidity allows the virus to travel, making people more contagious. Now more than ever, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of The Flu and learn how you can prevent it before it affects you and your family.

What Is The Flu?

The Flu, also known as Influenza, is a contagious respiratory virus that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It can feel as mild as the common cold, or it can be deathly. The Flu most easily spreads through coughing and sneezing and can be highly contagious. It can start spreading before the original infected person even starts developing symptoms. People with the highest risk of developing The Flu are the elderly, pregnant woman, and those with immunity disorders or chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

When The Flu isn’t treated properly, it can lead to the development of pneumonia or complications like ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, congestive heart failure, and more. Symptoms to look out for include fevers or feverish chills, a cough or a sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, fatigue, and nausea or vomiting. While it’s possible to treat The Flu with steroid shots and antiviral drugs, the best cure is to drink lots of fluids and get lots of rest.

Prevention Tips

The true best cure for The Flu is prevention. These are the best ways to prevent the Flu virus from impacting you and your family:

  1. Get your yearly Flu shot. They’re cheap – you can get one at CVS for $40 or less. A lot of drug stores are offering deals where you can get a store gift card or discounts on other goods if you get your Flu shot there. Everyone over six months old should get one every year.
  2. Everyday precautions. Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze to avoid infecting others. Wash your hands often, clean and disinfect your home and workspace frequently, and stay away from anyone who may be affected.
  3. Stay home when you feel sick! Don’t take your flu symptoms lightly. Stay home from work, get plenty of sleep, and drink as much water as you can. Don’t try to be a hero! That’s how you’ll get everyone else sick.

Stay healthy and safe this Flu season.

Anastasia Iliou

Anastasia graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor's degree in Songwriting. When she's not writing, she's on a mission to visit all 50 states in the U.S (and to date has reached 28). Anastasia loves writing music, hiking, and her pet hedgehog, Luna. She loves animals (but not so much bugs) and spends her free time volunteering for The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennesee.