Stay One Step Ahead of the Flu This Season

A young woman blows her nose as she suffers from the flu

 When is “Flu Season” Anyway?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season in the United States stretches from as early as October to as late as May.  Peak flu season, however, typically lasts from December to March.  Thus, right now, we are in the very midst of flu season.

What Should I Do to Avoid Illness?

  • Get your flu shot, and encourage your family to do the same.  Even this late in the season, getting your flu shot is the number one action you should take to reduce the risk of harmful effects from the flu on yourself and on your family.
  • Embrace healthy habits of living.  During peak flu season, it is more important than ever to prioritize eating nutritious food, staying hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day,  making time for exercise, and getting enough sleep by sleeping for 7-8 hours every night.
  • Do your part to discourage the spread of disease.  When coughing or sneezing, be sure to limit the airborne spread of disease by covering your mouth with your elbow or a tissue.  Wash your hands frequently and well, by scrubbing with soap and water for at least twenty seconds.  Use disinfectant products on surfaces that you and others touch frequently.  Finally, when possible, avoid touching your face to prevent the introduction of germs from your surroundings to your body.

What if I Think I’m Already Sick?

If you suspect that you already have the flu, stay home from work or school to avoid spreading the disease, see your healthcare provider for assistance if necessary, and continue to get plenty of rest and water.

For further information, check out the source for this article at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2017-2018.htm