During flu season, you need to decide whether you and your family are at risk of contacting flu or not. As more than 36,000 people die due to flu every year and more than 200,000 people get hospitalized, it is necessary that you protect yourself and your family from this airborne epidemic. Few tips will help you in assessing the risk.
1. It is wiser to take your overall health into consideration while assessing your risk of contacting flu. Persons having lung diseases like asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis, heart diseases, respiratory disorder, diabetes, auto immune disorder or severe anemia are more prone to contacting flu. Hence, take precautionary measures if you have any of these diseases or condition.
2. Using flu tracker to assess risk in your area is a good idea. You can use google’s flu tracker which is considered to be highly accurate.
3. Your age can be a risk factor if you are above 50 years of age or older. If you contact flu, the effect will be more severe as compared to others. Even children who are 6-months-old or younger are considered as high-risk group who are likely to contact flu.
4. If your occupation involves coming in contact with more people regularly, then you need to take extra precaution and opt for flu shot. Occupations like doctor, nurses, social workers, marketers come in this category. They should take flu shots to protect themselves as well as to prevent spreading of flu to others through them.