Everyone knows this last flu season was one for the books. It began to strike fear in most of us and we hoped and prayed that we and our family members were not next. But the truth is there are several things you can do to help prevent the flu.
You were definitely not alone in your concern about the flu this last flu season. We received countless calls and many patient visits all surrounding the flu.
So as we end one flu season and soon begin preparing for the next, I’d like to share some important steps you can take to help prevent the spread of this potentially deadly illness.
First of all, flu shots. I know many people are afraid of needles, or even vaccines themselves, but the truth is the flu vaccine protects against many of the various strains of flu viruses each year. And while this year one of the strains seemed to overcome the vaccine more than others in past seasons, the truth is the flu shot still has the ability to prevent some of the effects of the flu that potentially could result in more aggressive symptoms.
What Is Your Risk Level?
Another thing to take into consideration is your risk level of contracting the flu in a severe way. The elderly, young children, pregnant women and those who deal with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease should absolutely get a flu shot each year. Not only them but if you live with someone who fits into this category you should also consider a flu shot for both your protection as well as theirs.
It is important to remember that flu shots are not only meant to help reduce your chance of contracting the flu but also for the protection of others. Especially children and infants who are too young to get the shot themselves.
Avoid Sick People
Of course, there are plenty of other steps you can take to help decrease your chances of getting the flu. First of all, avoid people who are actually sick. Sounds like a no-brainer but people seem to think they are invincible sometimes. You aren’t.
Secondly, wash your hands with soap and water. And do it the right way.
Don’t Spread It To Others
Lastly, if you do get the flu, be sure to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing, avoid others and stay home at least 24 hours after your fever has come down.
We’re Here For You
The flu is nothing to play around with. Do all you can to help prevent it, but if you should feel you are suffering from the effects of the flu, I, along with our team of ER doctors and nurses will be here at Kingwood Emergency Hospital ready to take care of you.