The U.S. is in the midst of one of our most deadly flu outbreaks! So far, the flu has already been the cause of 53 child-deaths this year, and it's not over. It is incredibly important that we all take precautions to fight the flu, especially children and the elderly. Due to compromised immune systems, people over 65 and under age 5 are most at risk for severe, or even deadly results. While considering this, it is important to also realize that anyone can get the flu, so it is vital that we all take a few extra steps to prevent the spreading. Here are some tips and tricks on how to fight off the flu.
The CDC highly recommends that everyone, over the age of 6 months, gets the flu vaccination. Even though it is not a foolproof remedy, the flu shot is good protection. The CDC promotes that even for those that catch the flu after a flu vaccination, it is likely to lesson the severity of your symptoms.
There are a large number of people who oppose the flu shot, so for those and the persons who are vaccinated certain steps need to be made to avoid becoming sick. It is obviously important to keep your distance from people who are ill! Even if you are a caretaker for someone with the flu, it is important to make minimal contact and keep your hands washed constantly. If you do not have access to good antibacterial soap, keep a small bottle of alcohol based hand sanitizer with you at all times. Simply washing your hands throughout the day can do wonders to prevent spreading germs and illness. Being in the Home Care industry we understand why nurses are taught universal precautions as a typical routine to eliminate the spreading of germs and illness. Universal precautions means "solid" hand washing when coming in contact physically with anyone! Make sure when you are washing your hands you use warm water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Another tip is to sing through "Happy Birthday" while you wash your hands to make sure you get them clean enough! Also, it is helpful to keep your hands away from your eyes, ears, nose and mouth. These are places which will quickly spread any bacteria or virus to your body. If you need to visit a loved one at the hospital, ask for a face mask to cover your nose and mouth so you don't breathe in anything that could make you sick.
If you or a loved one does come down with the flu, it is necessary that they stay incredibly hydrated, get lots of rest, and make a visit to their doctor very early on. Prescription antiviral medicines will work much better than drug store options. For a more homeopathic approach humidifiers, nose spray, and anti bacterial jell around the nostrils can help with preventive care. Make certain you are hitting the flu virus head on and getting rid of it as soon as you can.
The flu virus is on attack this year, so make sure you keep yourself safe and healthy. Don't hesitate to visit a doctor if you are getting any flu-like symptoms. As Ben Franklin said "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".
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