The flu has once again struck Walker County, causing its victims to become severely ill. Thankfully, there are some ways to prevent getting the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first step in flu prevention is to get the flu vaccine. Even if you’ve already had a touch of the flu this year, you should still get vaccinated to guard against strains of the influenza you have not yet come in contact with. This vaccine may be available at your local pharmacy, doctor’s office, or urgent care center. There are also some simple precautions you can take to stay healthy. First, make sure to wash your hands frequently. Also, refrain from touching your eyes and mouth. Please remember to be courteous to others and practice the proper techniques for covering coughs and sneezes. Be aware that you can spread the virus a day before your symptoms begin and up to seven days (longer in certain cases) after becoming sick. Additionally, make sure to sterilize surfaces and objects that are utilized regularly. Furthermore, if you feel like you are having flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has reduced to prevent spreading this virus. Do, however, leave your home to seek treatment. Flu-like symptoms include fever (a fever isn’t always present with the flu), sore throat, muscle or body aches, runny or stuffy nose, fatigue, headaches, vomiting, and diarrhea.
The flu has the ability to become a horrible virus that can cause pneumonia, sinus and ear infections, and even death. The flu can also complicate existing conditions such as asthma and diabetes. Remember to take preventative measures to guard against getting or spreading the flu.
Credit: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
By: Mikenzi Brasfield