Flu Season- Everything You Need To Know
Influenza may not always be thought of by most people as a serious illness – the symptoms of headaches, runny nose, cough and muscle pain can make people confuse it with a heavy cold. Yet seasonal influenza kills up to 650,000 people every year. That is why influenza vaccinations are so important, especially to protect young children, older people, pregnant women, or people who have vulnerable immune systems.
With flu season right around the corner, I want to implore everyone to get the flu vaccine this year.
𝗔𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 𝗧𝗢 𝗣𝗥𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗦𝗣𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗗 𝗢𝗙 𝗙𝗟𝗨
𝟭. 𝗚𝗘𝗧 𝗩𝗔𝗖𝗖𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗗
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza.
𝟮. 𝗔𝗩𝗢𝗜𝗗 𝗖𝗟𝗢𝗦𝗘 𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗧𝗔𝗖𝗧
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
𝟯. 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗬 𝗛𝗢𝗠𝗘 𝗪𝗛𝗘𝗡 𝗬𝗢𝗨’𝗥𝗘 𝗦𝗜𝗖𝗞
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
𝟰. 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗠𝗢𝗨𝗧𝗛 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗡𝗢𝗦𝗘
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
𝟱. 𝗞𝗘𝗘𝗣 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗛𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗦 𝗖𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗡
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
REMEMBER— Clean Hands Save Lives!
𝟲. 𝗔𝗩𝗢𝗜𝗗 𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗖𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗘𝗬𝗘𝗦, 𝗠𝗢𝗨𝗧𝗛 𝗢𝗥 𝗡𝗢𝗦𝗘
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
𝟳. 𝗣𝗥𝗔𝗖𝗧𝗜𝗖𝗘 𝗢𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗥 𝗚𝗢𝗢𝗗 𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗧𝗛 𝗛𝗔𝗕𝗜𝗧𝗦
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗢𝗡 𝗙𝗟𝗨 𝗠𝗬𝗧𝗛𝗦-
𝗠𝘆𝘁𝗵 𝟭: 𝗜𝗻𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗻𝘇𝗮 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝘀𝗼 𝗜 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲
𝗙𝗮𝗰𝘁: As many as 650,000 people a year can die of the flu. This only represents respiratory deaths, so the likely impact is even higher. Even healthy people can get the flu, but especially people whose immune systems are vulnerable. Most people will recover within a few weeks, but some can develop complications including sinus and ear infections, pneumonia, heart or brain inflammations.
𝗠𝘆𝘁𝗵 𝟮: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗹𝘂 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗹𝘂
𝗙𝗮𝗰𝘁: The injected flu vaccine contains an inactivated virus that cannot give you influenza. If you feel achy or slightly feverish, it is a normal reaction of the immune system to the vaccine, and generally lasts only a day or two.
𝗠𝘆𝘁𝗵 𝟯: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗹𝘂 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀
𝗙𝗮𝗰𝘁: The flu vaccine is proven to be safe. Severe side effects are extremely rare. One in a million people may get Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), which cause muscle weakness and paralysis.
𝗠𝘆𝘁𝗵 𝟰: 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗴𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗹𝘂, 𝘀𝗼 𝗶𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀𝗻’𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸
𝗙𝗮𝗰𝘁: Several flu viruses are circulating all the time, which is why people may still get the flu despite being vaccinated since the vaccine is specific to one strain. However, being vaccinated improves the chance of being protected from the flu. This is especially important to stop the virus affecting people with vulnerable immune systems.
𝗠𝘆𝘁𝗵 𝟱: 𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗻𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘀𝗼 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱𝗻’𝘁 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗹𝘂 𝘃𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲
𝗙𝗮𝗰𝘁: Pregnant women should especially get the flu vaccine since their immune systems are weaker than usual. The inactivated flu vaccine is safe at any stage of pregnancy.
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