Let\’s Do Our Part to Fight and Prevent the Flu

The 2018 flu season is in full-swing and on track to break some records. Not necessarily the kind of records we\’re aiming to break though. According to the Center for Disease Control\’s (CDC) – Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, 43+ states are currently ranked in the highest of the high zone for influenza activity.

It is a necessity that everyone does their part to prevent the spread of the flu! Check out the \”Take 3\” Actions to Fight the Flu – from the CDC.


 

\"\"Take time to get a flu vaccine.

• CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the most important step in preventing influenza infection.
• Flu vaccines protect against 3 or 4 different flu viruses. Three component vaccines contain an H3N2, an H1N1 and a B virus. Four component vaccines have an additional B virus component. (See Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)
• Even with reduced vaccine effectiveness, vaccination may still prevent some flu illnesses, medical visits and hospitalizations.
• Also, there is some data to suggest that even if someone gets sick after vaccination, their illness may be milder.
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Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
• If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
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\"\"Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

• If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.
• Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
• Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
CDC recommends rapid antiviral treatment in people who are very sick with flu or people who are at high risk of serious flu complications who develop flu symptoms.
• For people with high-risk factors, treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.
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