How to Prevent the Seasonal Flu

How to Prevent the Seasonal Flu

Ok, folks, its that time of the year. Its time to start talking about the FLU!

Have you ever had the flu? I’m sure you know someone who has! The flu ain’t pretty.

When I was newly married I contracted the flu: I had a cough, sore throat, body aches, severe headache, and a temperature of 102 degrees! I was down for a full week! I remember thinking, “I need to get up, I’ve got things to do!” I’d get out of bed, walk towards the bedroom door, then turn back around and climb under the covers for another four hours!

I will never forget just how horrible I felt. And that’s part of the reason I’m teaching you about the flu.

What is the flu?

The flu is a contagious respiratory (breathing) illness caused by strands of the influenza virus. It can cause mild to severe illness, and sometimes even kills people! The Great Influenza of 1918 infected a half billion people and killed approximately 20 million to 50 million people!! Of course, that was before the flu vaccine was invented, and we’ll get into that later on.

How the flu spreads

The flu virus spreads mostly through droplets which are produced through coughing, sneezing, or talking. In other words, it is very contagious. When someone who is infected with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks, he or she releases tiny droplet into the air. These invisible droplets can land in your mouth or nose, and thus infect you with the flu as well!

But that’s not all! If one of those droplets lands on a surface which you touch and bring your hands to your mouth or nose, you will also be susceptible to the flu!

But it gets worse! While the main entry points for the flu virus are the mouth and nose, it is also possible to contract the illness by touching one’s eyes.

This is what I’m going to tell you: the flu is nasty and very contagious!

How to prevent the flu

Lets keep it very simple. Here are the best ways to prevent the flu.

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Get the flu vaccine
  • Stay away from people who are sick

Signs and Symptoms of the flu

  • Fever or chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • vomiting and diarrhea (mostly in children)

If you think you have the flu…

  • don’t cough on anyone!
  • Wash your hands frequently!
  • Call your doctor!
  • If you have trouble breathing call 911

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

http://www.history.com/topics/1918-flu-pandemic

 

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