What Supplies and Medicines to Have Ready for Flu Season
Most people would be surprised to learn that the flu season is actually quite long, lasting from as early as October to as late as May. Of course, flu season tends to peak in the winter months, but as anyone who’s had the flu can tell you, it’s an experience you’ll want to avoid if you can. Fortunately, there actually are a number of easy and simple ways a person of any age can avoid contracting the flu virus.
Are you at risk for getting the flu?
Young children and the elderly are typically the most at risk for contracting the flu virus. Those who are pregnant or have medical conditions are also at risk. Those who do not fall into of those categories could still be at risk for catching the flu because of how the virus is spread. The flu virus lives on people and surfaces. Think about how many surfaces and people you come into contact with each day. During peak flu season every interaction is a potential means for the flu virus to spread. Interacting with people and objects cannot and should not be avoided, so what can be done to prevent contracting the flu?
Flu prevention 101
Get the vaccine. At Pacific Family Practice, walk-ins for the flu vaccine are welcome and encouraged, although you can make an appointment if you wish.
Stock up. Being prepared for any illness is especially important during flu season. In addition to the flu, the common cold is another frequent visitor during the colder months, so stocking up on tissues, pain and fever reducers, and decongestants can go a long way. No one wants to trek to the pharmacy the moment they realize they are unwell.
Disinfect. The flu virus can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours. It’s very important that you wash your hands often and disinfect surfaces you use on a daily basis.
Rest. If you begin to feel unwell, regardless of whether you suspect the flu, it’s important to take the time to rest. When you’re feeling tired and worn down, so is your immune system, which makes you more susceptible to the flu virus.
If you have the flu…
- Rest at home. You can give those you work with the flu if you do not stay home and rest as needed.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- If your flu symptoms are severe, or if you are pregnant or elderly, contact Pacific Family Practice in order to discuss your symptoms.