Posted by: Patricia Hysong | November 13, 2014

Tips for Avoiding the Flu

The dreaded Influenza!

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The flu is a serious, contagious virus that is believed to mainly be spread by droplets from the talking, sneezing and coughing of those who have the flu that land in the mouth or noses of people who happen to be near them. It may be possible that those droplets can be inhaled into the lungs as well. It can also be spread by touching infected surfaces or objects and then touching ones own eyes, mouth or nose. Infected persons may be able to spread the virus from 1 day prior to showing symptoms up to 5-7 days after being sick and even longer in some people including children and those with lowered immune systems.

Each flu season, different strains of the virus spread and effect people differently based on that persons ability to fight off they virus. Here are a few tips that may help you avoid getting the flu.

  • Get Vaccinated. Vaccines are available that protects against the 3 most common viruses. The more people that get vaccinated, the fewer people will get sick and fewer communities are likely to experience flu epidemics.
  • Use common, everyday actions such as covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, wash hands with soap and water, try not to touch communal surfaces, avoid touching your face, give sick people their space, and stay home if you are sick.
  • Keep hydrated and eat healthy. This keeps your immune system strong.
  • Be physically active. Again, being active and fit increases the strength of your immune system and helps to keep you healthy.
  • Consult your health care provider and ask what you can do to prevent getting sick and see what medications are available if you have not been vaccinated and the flu is spreading through your community.
  • If you do get the flu, there are antiviral medications that can help lessen the symptoms and duration of the disease. Seek medical advice immediately because they work best in the first 2 days of you showing symptoms.

Information adapted from the National Kidney Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control.

 

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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