What You Can Do to Prepare for Flu Season

Woman with the flu

Flu season is upon us once again. Even if you get vaccinated, there’s still a chance that you can catch the flu. Flu vaccines are nothing more than best guesses by the CDC as to what strains of the flu will most likely spread during flu season. So, what are some things that you can do to prepare for flu season?

Talk to Your Doctor About Whether You Should Be Vaccinated

Although the flu vaccine doesn’t always work, your doctor may see that it has a potential benefit for you or someone in your family. Generally, flu vaccines are recommended for anyone older than six months of age and who aren’t allergic to the ingredients. Also, if you have certain health conditions, it is recommended that you first speak with your doctor.

Know the Symptoms of the Flu

It’s important that you know the symptoms of the flu. If you notice any of the following, see your doctor right away. Within the first few days of the flu, you may benefit from having an anti-viral prescribed for you by your doctor. Symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Some people who get the flu also have diarrhea and vomiting.

It’s also important for you to know that complications from the flu can cause you to be hospitalized.

Stock Up on Necessities

The flu just happens. No one plans it. Yet, if one person in your family gets the flu, it’s fair to assume that it will spread. Get stocked up on necessities to ride it out. Make sure that you have soup, tea, coffee, and other easy to prepare drinks and foods.

Back to school sales happen before flu season. That is a perfect time to take advantage of sales on tissue and on disinfectant wipes. You should start using the disinfectant wipes on counters, door knobs, and on other surfaces in your home that are touched by everyone in your family. Make sure that you also use them (and disinfectant sprays) if someone in your family is diagnosed with the flu.

Make sure that you have cold or flu medicine on hand before you get the flu. If you have heart problems or high blood pressure, talk to your doctor about which cold or flu medicines that you can take that will not interact with your prescriptions.

Use Disposable Utensils, Plates, and Cups

During flu season, you can cut down the likelihood of spreading it throughout your family members by using disposable utensils, plates, and cups. Disposable items can be thrown away immediately after they are used instead of being put into the sink where another member of the family may touch them.

Remember Good Hygiene

One of the best things that you can do to keep yourself healthy during flu season is to remember good hygiene. Wash your hands on a frequent basis. Remember to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Make sure that you keep hand sanitizer around for easy use.

 

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