Updated: Apr 27
October through May is considered flu season and they peak during December and January. Unfortunately, this year, the flu has hit the United States early and is more severe. The flu surged in the U.S. after Thanksgiving week. New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates that there have been at least 13 million illnesses and 120,000 hospitalizations from flu so far this season. Taking care of yourself is pretty important now as the spreading of coronavirus is peaking on one hand and, the flu hospitalization rate has surged to a decade-high this season on the other.
Following are some of the things you should know to protect yourself and your loved ones to stay safe from the spreading seasonal flu:
First, let’s see what the symptoms of the flu are
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle pain or body aches
Nausea and vomiting, common in children
It is important to get tested for flu immediately if you notice any one of these symptoms.
Things to do to stay safe:
Avoid close contact
If someone is sick, avoid close contact with them and maintain social distance from others.
Stay at home
Avoid traveling unless necessary and do not gather out in crowded places to avoid being infected.
Do not gather indoors
Even though it is holiday time, gathering indoors should be avoided as much as possible to be on the safer side.
Wash your hands
Wash your hands regularly after coming home from outside. If you are out and cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer.
Practice good health habits
The most effective way to stay safe and protect your loved ones from getting infected with the flu is to get vaccinated each year. It is available in nearly every pharmacy and doctor’s office. It is more important now than ever as it is coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contact your healthcare provider or find a nearby location to get a flu vaccine.
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