Flu Shot Season
As cold and flu season is slowly approaching, it’s important to take steps to prevent the spread of the virus, especially to children, the elderly and those with a weaker immune system.
The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu shot or nasal spray vaccination if available. The nasal spray may be used in persons aged 2 – 49 years old, however, it may be in limited supply this flu season.
In Maryland, flu season lasts between October and March. Since it takes at least two weeks to get into your system, the best time to get vaccinated is October or November. However, there are extra precautions you can take, such as:
- Avoiding people who are sick
- Practicing good hygiene by washing hands or using hand sanitizer
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
If you do happen to catch the flu, the virus will have to run its course. However, there are ways to help ease your symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication to stop or slow the flu virus. Other things to help alleviate symptoms are:
- Plenty of rest
- Drinking lots of liquids
- Staying home
- Over the counter medications for fever, congestion and body aches
Did you get your flu shot this season?, Visit your primary care physician, or visit your nearest Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care.
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