One in five of us will catch the flu this year! In most cases, this means suffering at home for a week or two, and then slowly returning to our normal lives. But the flu is highly contagious, and can be serious, even deadly, especially for older people and people with asthma, heart disease, diabetes, weakened immune system, and other chronic health problems.
Give yourself the gift of health this holiday season by following this strategy.
PREVENT THE FLU
Get a flu shot. It is not too late to be vaccinated. Call your doctor or clinic. No matter what anyone tells you: you can NOT catch the flu from a flu shot!
Build a barrier against germs. Good health practices go a long way in keeping germs at bay.
KNOW THE SYMPTOMS
It is easy to confuse flu with colds and other health problems. Become familiar with flu symptoms. Otherwise-healthy people with flu symptoms usually do NOT benefit from a trip to the Emergency Department, and are better off at home with over-the-counter treatments to ease their symptoms.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF IF YOU DO GET SICK
If you get sick, stay at home and rest! Most otherwise-healthy people with flu symptoms do NOT need to visit a hospital or physician office. With rest and proper care, your symptoms should go away in 5 to 7 days.