Your child complains of a sore throat. Your co-worker keeps blowing her runny nose. The man in line behind you has a coughing fit.
Flu season is upon us and this year is shaping up to be a doozy. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection with symptoms that vary from person to person, but usually include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle and joint pain
Since the flu is so contagious, protecting yourself and your loved ones is very important. Here are a few tips to help you fight the flu this season:
- Get the flu shot, particularly if you are at high risk for complications or if you could potentially spread the flu to someone at high risk. Click here to find a flu shot clinic near you.
- Wash your hands often – and properly! – especially after sneezing and blowing your nose, and before preparing food and/or eating.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer throughout the day to kill any germs you might pick up.
- Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm or a tissue, and clean your hands afterwards.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, keyboards and phones.
- Improve your immune system by eating healthy, staying hydrated and getting active.
- If you don’t feel well, stay home to avoid spreading your illness to others.