‘Tis The Flu Season Every year, 10% – 20% of Americans get sick with the flu leading to missed days at work, school and even hospitalization. Flu seasons are unpredictable. It can begin as early as October and can last as late as May. During this fall season, protect yourself and your family from the flu by following these important tips.
Get your flu shot. The best way to fight the flu is by getting vaccinated. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. It is especially important that seniors, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems or certain medical conditions outlined by the CDC get the flu shot.
Wash your hands & disinfect surfaces. Germs are everywhere! Washing your hands and wiping down frequently touched objects and surfaces. Take time to wash your hands thoroughly by working up a good lather and scrub for at least 20 seconds then rinse with warm water. Alcohol-based sanitizer is a good alternative to hand washing.
Cover coughs & sneezes. Germs and viruses can easily spread to surfaces and other people through the air. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
Seek medical advice when feeling sick. There is still a small chance you can catch the flu even if you get vaccinated. Pharmacists can make recommendations on choosing optimal over-the-counter products that can help manage your symptoms. Get adequate rest and hydration.
Talk to your Tria Pharmacist or other health care provider regarding flu related questions. For information about Tria Health, visit www.triahealth.com.