Influenza, or “the flu,” is a highly contagious and is often confused with the common cold. Flu symptoms tend to develop quickly and are usually more severe than the typical sneezing and congestion associated with a cold.
While the flu is common, it is still something you should take seriously. It can land you in the hospital and even lead to death. Older people and young children are more likely to experience severe cases, but it's not unheard of for a generally healthy twenty something to die from the flu. This is because the flu can lead to deadly complications, including pneumonia and sepsis.
It is not too late for the flu vaccine. There are many ways to prevent contacting the flu. Below are just a few everyday preventative actions to help stop the spread of germs and decrease the risk of contacting the flu virus.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.* This is especially important after you go out in public and do things such as touch shopping carts, touch staircase hand rails, shake hands, or utilize common areas or items such as restrooms or hand tools.
- 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
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
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Posted February 12, 2018