Well it’s here, no, not Tiger’s opening day, flu season. Not to worry though, winter doesn’t have to mean headaches and fever. With the proper knowledge and precautions it’s easy to have your family “flu ready.”
Here is some information to help you prepare for the winter ills!
What you need to know – the basics:
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of viruses. Flu viruses spread from person to person when people who are infected cough or sneeze. Adults may be able to infect others 1 day before getting symptoms and as long as 5 days after getting sick.
Diagnosing and Treating the Flu
It may be difficult to tell if you are suffering from the flu or another illness. If you develop flu-like symptoms and are concerned about possible complications, consult your health care provider.
Common Flu Symptoms
- High Fever
- Severe body aches
- Extreme tiredness
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea (more common in children than in adults)
- Who is at risk?
You are at an increased risk if you are:
- Age 50 or older
- Living with a chronic medical condition
- A child, age 6 months or older
- Living with or caring for anyone at high risk
*if you are at high risk, have your vaccinations updated every year, as directed by your physician.
Practice Good Health Habits to Maintain Your Body’s Resistance to Infection Eat a balanced diet.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Exercise daily.
- Manage stress.
- Get enough rest and sleep.
- Common Sense Steps to Stop the Spread of Germs
It’s easy to forget that sometimes the simplest things go the farthest in maintaining good health. During your busy day take time out to remember and practice the following germ fighting habits:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid or minimize contact with sick people (a minimum three feet distancing is recommended).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you cough and sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
- Stay away from others as much as possible when you are sick.
- Adopt business/school practices that encourage employees/students to stay home when sick.
*for more information please visit http://www.redcross.org/flutips
*also, download the Red Cross First Aid app.
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