Fighting the Flu
Every newscast this time of year seems to be a reminder that we are walking straight into flu season. Medicine has come a long way in helping to keep the flu contained, but medicine alone won’t do the job. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each year, and you should do it before October ends. That one step can cut down on flu illnesses, doctor visits, and time off school and work. Here are some other everyday things you can do to prevent the spread of germs, including the flu virus:
- If you’re sick, stay home! The CDC says that you stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you can’t do that, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Keep surfaces clean that may be contaminated with germs. Door knobs, phones, remote controls, computer keyboards are common places to keep clean.
You can learn more tips from the Centers for Disease Control here. Most importantly, get rest and plenty of fresh, good-for-you food!