How to Prevent the Flu – Important information from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC ) on flu prevention:
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. *Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat a balanced meal plan of healthy, nutritious food.
Talk to Your Doctor! Ask for their recommendations regarding flu vaccinations, prevention and treatment.
The Flu Shot and more information about the flu vaccine from Mayo Clinic.
Myths and Misconceptions about the Flu Vaccine – “the vaccine does not cause the flu.”
Those at High Risk. “Some people are at high risk for serious flu complications, including young children, older people, pregnant women and people with certain chronic health conditions. Flu vaccination and the correct use of flu antiviral medicines are very important for protecting people at high risk of serious flu complications.” (Source: The CDC)
If you think you have the flu, talk to your healthcare provider if you think they have the flu! Your doctor may prescribe antiviral medications, which work best when started early in the course of illness.
The most common symptoms of flu are:
- fever accompanied by a cough or sore throat.
- body aches, headache,
- runny nose
- feeling very tired.
- Some people, especially young children, also have diarrhea and vomiting.(Source: MA Department of Public Health)
Symptoms last from a few days to up to a week or more. If you have symptoms of the flu, stay home and avoid contact with others. Clean surfaces of counters, phones and remote control devices. Stay home at least 24 hours after your fever has subsided.
Note: In Asian cultures, masks are worn to avoid getting sick, but also out of respect to avoid spreading germs and illness to others. Wearing a protective mask may help avoid getting sick or getting others sick, but the best defense remains hand washing. Washing with soap and warm water is best. A quick rinse isn’t enough. Silently singing ‘the happy birthday’ song while washing your hands can help ensure “20 seconds,”which is the CDC’s recommended length of time for hand washing.
Natural Remedies for Colds and Flu – What the Science Has to Say
My Personal Story on ‘Staying Healthy While Flying’ – On a recent flight the man next to me was so sick. He coughed the entire flight and the fact he kept a heavy coat on the entire time signaled to me that he probably had a fever with chills. In the aisle behind me was another passenger coughing. A few rows ahead, a young child with such a deep cough it sounded like croup. Luckily, I did get a flu shot and also work at all of the above strategies for health. (*) I have also learned that most germs are spread on planes through touching the armrests, seat belts, table trays and other surfaces. I made sure to wipe down all those surfaces with anti-septic soap and frequently washed my hands. I am happy and grateful to report that despite all the germs around me, I have remained healthy.
Best in Health, Karen
Karen Pischke BSN, RN, CCRN Alumnus, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation and risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that improve health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook
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