2013 Flu Season Outbreaks – How to Protect Yourself
What you should know about 2012-2013 Flu Season:
Based on reports from the Center of Disease Control, the flu season has arrived earlier than expected this year. Usually flu outbreaks do not happen until at least late February or early March, however this year is a different story. As stated earlier, the virus strain that causes the flu changes every year. The flu vaccine is changed every single year to match the flu strain that is responsible for the most cases. There are many ways to avoid catching the flu this season, and preventive measures that you can take to make sure you stay clear of catching the flu.
First, here is a list of certain habits and practices that can help you stay healthy and avoid catching that nasty flu!
1. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day – especially after using the bathroom, before eating, cooking and so on
2. Try to stay away from other people who knowingly have the flu – it is very contagious and can be passed on to others from simply sneezing, coughing, touching the same object and even using the same drink
3. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
These are some simple preventative practices that you can take ot minimize your risk during the 2013 flu season. The one most important way to avoid catching the flu during flu outbreaks is to take the time to make sure you receive a flu shot, and everyone that know should receive the same. The flu vaccine is recommended to everyone, once a year, from ages 6 months and up. However, if a person has history of Guillen Barre syndrome, allergic to eggs or have any kind of immunocompromised disorder, then they should not receive this vaccine. Overall, anyone in good health and above the age of 6 months should receive the vaccine which can protect you and your loved ones. The vaccine aims to cover specific flu strains for each year since the strains are constantly changing.
Facts About Flu Vaccine
1. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes and is often painless
2. Most insurance companies cover 1 free flu vaccine every year
3. Flu vaccines have proven to decrease the chance of catching the flu and decrease symptoms associated with the flu
4. If you have an egg allergy, it is recommended you do not receive this vaccine
Flu outbreaks are common during flu season, but now you have the advantage of knowing how to combat and prepare yourself against every catching the flu!