Flu season is upon us and in the spirit of National Hand Washing Awareness Week; we’ve put together a few tips on flu prevention.
Should I get vaccinated?
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), all healthy people aged 6 months and up should be vaccinated.
Who should not get vaccinated?
When should I get my flu shot?
Typically the best time to get the vaccine is in October and November, before flu season peaks. But it’s never too late to protect yourself; many pharmacies offer flu shot clinics, making it convenient for your busy schedule!
Is it true that you can get the flu from the flu shot?
The viruses that make up the shot are inactive, however you can experience a few side effects such as, redness, soreness, swelling at the injection site, or a low fever and achiness.
Who’s at the greatest risk this flu season?
Though we are all susceptible, young children, pregnant women, elderly, and people with chronic health conditions are at the greatest risk.
Is it a cold or the flu?
The symptoms of the common cold and the flu are very similar, if you are unsure if it is the cold or flu, you should contact your doctor with any concerns.
|COLD SYMPTOMS||FLU SYMPTOMS|
|Onset Of Symptoms Is Slow||Onset Of Symptoms Is Sudden|
|No Or Low Fever||High Fever|
|Feeling Fatigued Is Mild||Feeling Fatigued Is Extreme|
|Runny Or Stuffy Nose, Severe Cough||Dry Cough|
|No Achiness And No Headache||Achy Muscles And Headache|
Did You Know?
If you are sick, the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to stay home and rest up.