How to prepare for flu season
Before we know it, the inevitable will happen, cold and flu season will creep in and hospitals will see a surge in patient intake. This seasonal epidemic generally runs from October to March and while most will survive the fever, cough, headache, and other known symptoms, many will not. So how can you avoid getting the flu?
The first step in avoiding the flu is the most obvious, get the flu shot. Flu vaccines vary from year to year but are proven to significantly reduce the severity of the virus. For the immunocompromised, elderly, and pregnant women, the vaccine leads to fewer deaths and hospitalizations.
Should the unfortunate happen and you or a family member present with symptoms it’s recommended that keeping a “survival kit” on hand can help in treating symptoms quickly. Avoid spreading the virus by keeping your supplies on hand. Fluids, fever reducers, cough drops, antiviral treatments, and cold and sinus meds are the most critical. A good thermometer and moisturizing tissues are also a must.