Prevent Yourself from Getting the Flu

Even though fall is one of the best times of year, it does come with a major downfall…flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control flu season begins as early as October. It typically occurs in the fall and peaks in January or February. The best way to protect your-self from getting the flu is to get the flu vaccination. The seasonal flu is a very contagious respiratory illness and approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year. It spreads between people and in some severe cases it can even lead to death. Just like the cold viruses, the flu enters the body through mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, or mouth.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, go to the doctor immediately. The flu usually lasts between 1-2 weeks. The flu can affect anyone and any age, but there are age groups that hold a higher risk of getting it. Adults ages 65 and older are more likely to get the flu due to weaker immune systems. Children and infants are also at a higher risk because their immune systems have not been fully developed. Pregnant women experience changes with their immune systems and it makes them more susceptible to the flu. If you plan on travelling abroad it is highly recommend that you get a flu shot. Symptoms of the flu include:
100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish
Constant cough
Sore throat
A runny or stuffy nose
Headaches, muscle aches, soreness, fatigue
Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (most common in children)

There are steps that can be taken to reduce the spread of germs that increase your chance of getting the flu. Wash your hands as often as you can with soap and water. Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. After coughing or sneezing immediately wash your hand or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid friends and family that you know are sick. The flu is very contagious and chances are you might get it to being around them. Use good hygiene habits. Good hygiene will decrease the amount of germs spread. The best chance one has to not get the flu is to get the vaccination as quickly as possible. Most health insurance plans cover the cost of a flu shot . If you need a health insurance policy call us we have healthcare agents that can assist you with the correct plan for you and your family.

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