The best way for you to prevent the flu is by getting your flu vaccine each year. So, how exactly does the flu spread? The Centers of Disease Control website states that the flu virus spreads by droplets that are made when people with the flu cough sneeze or talk. These droplets can then land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. The flu can also be spread by touching an object or surface that is contaminated with the flu virus. After touching this contaminated surface the person then touches their own mouth, eyes or nose. This is how the flu virus spreads.
There are so many signs and symptoms that can occur if you get the flu. The common signs and symptoms of the flu include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Once someone has contracted the flu virus they have a period of contagiousness. Did you know that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know if you are sick? Those who have the flu can also infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. It is very important for you to prevent from getting the flu. If you can you should stay away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, as well as frequently washing your hands. These steps can help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses, such as the flu.
You could avoid all of this by getting your yearly flu shot. There are several important benefits once you get your flu shot. These benefits include reducing flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, as well as missed work or even school due to the flu. Once the flu vaccine becomes available at Good for All Pharmacy you should get it as soon as possible and by October. However, you can receive your flu shot after this time frame too!
Call the pharmacy or stop by today to get your flu shot!