Cold and Flu Season has arrived! Protect yourself and your family against germs and viruses such as influenza (flu). Flu season most commonly peaks between December and February and can last as late as May.
How is the flu spread?
This virus is spread mainly from person to person when people infected with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Common symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, and headaches.
How can I prevent illness?
- The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and over
- Wash hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol based hand rub
- Avoid sick people at school and the work place
- If you or your child experience flu like symptoms, the CDC recommends staying at home until the fever is gone for 24 hours.
Encourage your loved ones to get vaccinated. Young children who are not old enough to get vaccinated, pregnant women and patients who have a compromised immune system, such as elderly patients, are the most at risk for serious flu complications. Because of this, getting vaccinated will not only protect you, but the loved ones around you as well.