How can you protect yourself and your family against the flu?

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Don’t let the flu spoil your winter! To help protect yourself and your family, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shared recommendations on its website for fighting the flu– starting with the flu vaccine!

 

Vaccination and good hygiene are key to protecting yourself

 

Viral or bacterial, the flu is a respiratory infection that can cause a fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headache and fatigue. Although the virus is generally nonthreatening, it’s possible to limit the virus’ ability to spread through the use of antiviral drugs, treating symptoms with paracetamol or even encouraging rest and hydration.

Although there are no long-term consequences for the majority of patients, the flu can lead to serious complications in vulnerable patients, such as pregnant women, the elderly or diabetic patients.

 

According to the CDC, “the first and best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated every flu season”.

 

Flu vaccines are intended to protect against different strands of the flu virus in order to ensure the most effective protection. After receiving the vaccination, it takes two weeks for the body to build up the antibodies that will fight the virus.

However, the best way to avoid contracting the flu virus is to take preventive actions every day to stop the spread of germs. For example, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, frequently wash your hands with soap and water, avoid close contact with sick people and avoid handshakes. These simple tips will protect you against common bacterial and viral infections during winter.

 

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