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FLU SEASON AHEAD – PREVENTION IS KEY TO STAYING HEALTHY!

In the United States, flu viruses (seasonal influenza) is detected year-round.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, “flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.” (CDC, 2018)

FLU 101 (the below information is from the CDC and can be found by visiting: www.cdc.gov/flu)

How Flu Spreads

Person to Person: People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first. Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.

The Flu Is Contagious

Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children may pass the virus for longer than 7 days. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Some people can be infected with the flu virus but have no symptoms. During this time, those persons may still spread the virus to others.

Prevention

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.  The CDC has a whole page with information and resources about the flu vaccine. To access, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html

Locating Flu Vaccines

Nowadays, flu vaccines are available at many convenient locations.  Flu vaccines can be obtained at your local pharmacy, grocery store, urgent care facility, or physician’s office.  You can also visit CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/ to locate flu vaccines near you using their “flu vaccine finder”.

 

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