How to Fight the Flu

 Get the Flu Vaccine

The simplest and easiest way to fight the flu is to get the flu vaccine. It is also the first and most important step towards protecting yourself against flu viruses. Many grocery stores and pharmacies offer the vaccination free of charge with little wait time. The vaccine protects against the viruses that will be the most common that year. Make sure everyone 6 months of age and older in your family gets the vaccine every year. It is especially important for young children, health care workers, people who live with or care for high risk people, people age 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease.

Take Antiviral Drugs if Your Doctor Prescribes Them

If you happen to come down with the flu, antiviral drugs are your best friend. These drugs vary from antibiotics as they are not available over-the-counter and are prescription medicines (inhaled powder, pills, or liquid). Antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications, shorten the sickness time of the person affected, and make the illness milder. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

Stop the Spread of Germs

There are many simple and easy things that you can do in your daily life to stop the spread of germs. First, wash your hands often with soap and water for about 20 seconds and dry your hands throughly. If you don’t have soap nearby, use hand sanitizer or wipes. If you know someone who is sick, try to avoid close contact with that person so that the germs don’t spread to you. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes as often as you can. If you do, be sure to wash your hands before to reduce the chance of germs getting inside your system. And last, but certainly not least, clean and disinfect objects and surfaces regularly and change out towels, clothes, sheets  frequently as well.

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