Flu Season: Too Soon?
With the 2017-2018 flu season months behind us, we’ve likely already forgotten the shortages of Tamiflu medication or the many tragic losses of those who died due to influenza or related complications. Last season, Centra Care alone treated well over 10,000 flu patients. So, how do we prepare?
Don’t assume that just because last season was particularly active, we will have a quiet season this year. The 2017-2018 season started off rather mild but quickly ramped up at the start of the new year.
Flu strains change and fluctuate year over year, with new dominate strains coming into the foreground. What was dominant last season may be completely different or may impact the public differently as the new season progresses.
It’s highly important to receive a flu shot as soon as the current season’s vaccinations are available, particularly because it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to be fully effective.
Take preventative steps to safeguard your family against the flu by:
Hand washing – make sure to also dry hands well. According to the CDC, wet hands are more likely to spread germs than dry ones.
Sleep – maintaining a routine helps keep your body and health stay in tune. Not getting enough sleep may compromise your immune system.
Exercise – getting regular exercise boosts your immune system which helps fight off sickness.
Cover up – keep your coughs & sneezes to yourself by using a tissue or the upper part of your arm.
Stay home – anytime you or a little one feels ill, stay home.
Regardless of what part of the flu season cycle you’re in, Centra Care is your flu season headquarters 7 days a week for flu vaccines, diagnosis, and anti-viral medication.