Avoid the Flu

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Flu season is upon us yet again. The typical flu season spans from October through May. These tips will help safeguard you and your family from contracting this very serious disease.

First and foremost, is to get your flu shot. The flu vaccine is available through your family doctor or health care provider . While the flu vaccine only protects against the three main strains of flu virus that research indicates will cause the most illness, it can also help to lessen the severity of the flu should you contract a different strain of the virus.

Keep away from an individual that is sniffling, coughing or just seems generally ill. The flu bug can travel in the air, through coughing or sneezing. So it is a good idea to keep your distance by at least 3-4 feet.

Wash hands long and often, using a non-bacterial soap, washing the tops and palms as well as in between each finger. The recommended time is at least one full minute. Do not use an antibacterial type soap as these will tend to dry out the skin and cause flaking and chafing.

Never cough into your hand, if you must cough or sneeze, Use your arm, shirt sleeve or tissue. By coughing or sneezing into your hand you could be exposing yourself to any flu germs that you may have encountered by touching an exposed object.

Always keep your hands away from your face. The flu germ can enter through the nose, eyes or mouth. If you have touched an object that may be contaminated with the germ and then touch your face, the odds are you will catch the virus.

If you should find yourself sick with the flu make a visit to your health care provider as quickly as possible. There are anti viral drugs that your doctor can administer, that will keep the flu virus from multiplying in your body and make you feel better a lot more quickly. These drugs may help to off set some of the complications that are commonly associated with the flu as well.

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