The 2018 flu season is in full swing. As the disease continues to sweep through the country, it has led to an alarmingly high number of sick people and ER admissions. Deaths related to influenza are also on the rise, especially among children.
Some people are more at risk of developing flu related complications. This category includes small children, the elderly, people who are severely ill and those with weakened immune systems. Despite initial reports questioning the effectiveness of this year’s flu vaccine, doctors continue to stress that vaccinating is the single most important way of preventing the disease. Be sure to speak with your family doctor about getting a shot!
What are some others way to prevent the flu?
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people
- Wash your hands often with soap and water OR use an alcohol-based hand rub
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth- germs spread this way
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched often and by many people (doorknobs, phones, faucets handles, shopping carts etc.)