Avoiding a Case of the Flu
“Why should I get the flu shot?” is a common question that is often met with varying answers. Anyone can get the flu, which is a contagious respiratory illness, caused by influenza viruses that affect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. While most people recover easily from flu, it certainly is not fun to be very sick for a week or longer, and pregnant women, young children, people with certain medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease, and those over 65 years can have dangerous complications if they get the flu.
That’s why despite studies and predictions surrounding the vaccine, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does recommend yearly vaccination for people 6 months and older. In addition to the vaccine, prevention is key. Remember to:
- Cover your sneezes and coughs with your sleeve, not your hand
- Wash your hands frequently to reduce the spread of germs
- Avoid close contact with people who have or may have the flu
There is no cure for the flu so the old adage might be worth remembering “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”
Contact your primary care provider to schedule your yearly flu shot!