A new flu season may be starting in the United States as there have been increasing reports throughout the country. According to FluNearYou, a company that tracks flu conditions by personal reports, 2 percent of the 50,000 people enrolled in the system reported flu like symptoms – this up from 1% at the same time last year.
With the flu season upon us, it’s important to take action now to prevent you from falling ill. As we all know, getting sick is just no fun. Not only do you feel tired and achy, but once you are revived you have a lot to catch up on – including missed school and homework.
According to the Center of Disease Control, there is a “Take 3” action plan designed to fight the flu:
1. Get the flu vaccine
The flu vaccine is available right now and protects against three different virus strains. You can get the vaccine at CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, walk in clinics, and doctor offices, among other places. Many insurance plans do not cover the flu shot so be sure to ask how much it costs and be ready to pay up front.
2. Prevent the spread of germs
This is probably easier said than done – but it’s important to think about how to stop the spread of germs to prevent you and others from getting sick. You should try to avoid close contact with sick people, and make sure that you avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. Wash your hands as often as possible and cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
3. Flu Antiviral Drugs
Some doctors will prescribe aniviral drugs to help treat your symptoms. The flu typically lasts a little over a week and these drugs can soften the symptoms and shorten the time you’re sick. According to the CDC, these drugs work best if you start taking them within 2 days of first experiencing symptoms.
You may have the flu if you experience the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
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