Fall is in the air and with that comes the time of year where influenza begins to rear its ugly head. The CDC recommends you take 3 steps towards combating the flu.
Step 1: Take time to get a flu vaccine
Yearly vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against flu and its complications. It is recommended for all individuals
6 months and older to get annual vaccination. Flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness in people who were vaccinated but still get sick.
Step 2: Take everyday preventative actions to help reduce the spread of germs
If you are sick with flu symptoms, stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Limit your contact with sick individuals. When you are sick, limit your contact with other individuals. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze. Wash your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Step 3: Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them
As with any medication, it is always important to take your medication exactly as prescribed by your physician. Antiviral drugs can help make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.