Jul 2, 2019

The 2019-2020 Flu Season Is Right Around The Corner

Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue and on occasion, nausea and vomiting.

 

It Spreads 

The flu virus is easily spread.  It spreads through tiny droplets produced when infected people talk, cough or sneeze.  The virus can live on surfaces so if you touch a surface with the virus on it and touch your mouth, nose or eyes you may get infected as well.

 

Infectious Period

People with the flu are most likely to spread the virus during the first 3-4 days of the onset of their illness; however, you can spread the virus a day or two before symptoms surface and at times, the infectious period can extend to 7 days after.

 

Who Gets It And How Serious Is It?

According to CDC (cdc.gov) 5-20% of US population will get the flu.  While most people that get sick ,recover, tens of thousands will die. Those at higher risk include the elderly, newborns and people with chronic diseases.

 

Prevention: Here is how to help you and your family to get “flu ready”

  • Get vaccinated! The CDC recommends that everyone 6 month of age and older get the flu vaccine every year. It take 2 weeks for the vaccine to work, so it is best to get your vaccine by the end of October.
  • Costco offers flu shots. Kaiser offers flu shots to members and non-members the flu shots at no charge.  Most insurance plans cover the cost of the flu shot.
  • Stay Vigilant. Avoid contact with sick people. Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands with soap and warm water and keep surfaces clean.
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