lu season is just around the corner.
Flu is most common in the fall,
Widespread and potentially serious
winter and early spring, so it’s best
to plan ahead. Are you and your
family “flu ready”?
The flu, also known as influenza, occurs
in ; to ;; percent of the U.S. population
annually and can be serious. According to
the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC; cdc.gov), flu sickens millions of people and causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and tens of
thousands of deaths each year. Those at high
risk of getting the flu include the elderly,
newborns and people with certain chronic
diseases, the CDC says.
How it spreads
The flu virus is spread easily through
tiny droplets produced when people with
flu talk, cough or sneeze. Touching surfaces
with the flu virus on them and then touching
your mouth, nose or possibly eyes can also
spread the infection, although this occurs
People are most likely to spread the flu
virus in the first three to four days of their
illness; however, they can spread the virus
a day ahead of symptoms and up to five to
seven days after symptoms have started.
Try to avoid contact with sick people.
Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose
and mouth; cover your coughs and sneezes;
wash your hands often with soap and water;
and keep surfaces clean.
Flu symptoms may include fever, chills,
cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose,
muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue
and sometimes nausea and vomiting.
Certain people are more prone to flu complications such as pneumonia.
Getting “flu ready” can help
keep you well
by LINDA R. BERNSTEIN © T A
Linda R. Bernstein,
Pharm.D., is president
and CEO of Vita
a medical communications company.