August: Influenza (Flu) Season

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August: Influenza (Flu) Season

When summer’s over and the weather starts to change, there is a recurring period due to the outbreaks of Influenza. The flu season can sometimes be predicted and tracked by locations. Some of the flu symptoms include: fever, sore throat, body aches, and headaches.

Here are a few tips to be ready for flu season:

Find out if you’re at high risk

Make a consultation with your doctor and find out if you’re in a high risk category for the flu. Flue complications can be severe and can even result in hospitalization and sometime death. Some high risk individuals are: children younger than 5, adults 65 years of age and older, and pregnant women.

Get the flu shot

The seasonal flu shot vaccine helps protect against the infection of the flu virus. The vaccine is an injection of an inactivated version of the virus that cannot transmit infection. The flu shot helps the body create antibodies two weeks after the vaccination. However, every year the virus changes, which is why doctors recommend getting the flu shot annually.

Wash your hands

The flu can easily be transmitted by skin contact, which is why you should always wash your hands prior to eating and changing sceneries. Carrying hand sanitizer is a good idea, however it is not as effective as washing your hands. If you haven’t washed your hands in a while avoid touching your moth, eyes, and nose as much as possible. If you need to touch your face, do so with a tissue or your sleeve.

Keep high traffic areas clean

If you work at any office, make sure to clean your office space clean. Use a disinfectant to combat any bacteria and viruses.

Exercise, Rest, and nourish yourself

If you’re eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest, your immune system will be in tact to combat any bacteria or viruses. Drink and eat food items high in vitamin C and consider a multivitamin.
To get detailed advice from Dr. Rheinchard, book an appointment.
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