Velocity Care looks at ways to stay healthy this flu season
As the weather begins to turn cooler, we see an increase in infection rates of the flu virus. Usually beginning in mid-October and lasting until March, flu season can affect 5 to 10 percent of the adult population and 20 to 30 percent of children across the globe. With such a high risk of infection, it is important to be aware of what symptoms to look for and how to keep yourself and family healthy all season long.
What is the flu?
Influenza, or the flu, is a highly contagious viral infection that is easily spread from person to person. This virus can cause symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, joint and muscle pain, fatigue and nausea. In severe cases involving individuals in high-risk categories, the flu can be deadly.
Who is at risk?
The flu can be very unpleasant, but for most of the population, falling sick with the virus will mean a few days off from school or work and then a full recovery, with no other side effects or complications. A normal, healthy immune system will be able to fight off the flu. However, the virus can be quite dangerous for those with weakened immune systems or for those in other high-risk categories, and they require prompt medical attention to ensure a quick recovery. Those that should take extra precautions include:
- Children under 2 years of age.
- Senior adults over the age of 65.
- Pregnant women.
- People with serious, chronic diseases.
- Those with weakened immune systems.
The best way to stay healthy this flu season is to avoid getting sick in the first place. Since this virus is highly contagious and easily spread from one person to another, it is important to take all the right precautions to prevent infection from occurring.
- Wash your hands. Proper and frequent hand washing is important. Use warm soapy water and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds to kill all germs and bacteria.
- Keep your hands away from your eyes, mouth and nose. The influenza virus can live for approximately 24 hours on hard surfaces and up to 15 minutes on your skin. This means that you can easily contract it by touching something contaminated (say a railing or door knob) and then rubbing your eyes or eating without washing your hands.
- Cough into your sleeve or a tissue. Reducing the spread of this virus will help to keep other people from getting sick. Make sure that you are coughing and sneezing into your sleeve or into a tissue to avoid spreading the virus through the air.
- Wear a mask. If you are a high-risk individual, wearing a mask when out in public areas is a great way to prevent contracting the flu virus.
- Get the flu vaccine. Each year, a new flu vaccine is developed to fight the current strain of the virus that is active at that time. It is highly recommended that everyone, especially those in high-risk categories, receive the flu shot early in the season.
Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center wants you to remain healthy this flu season. If you would like to receive your annual flu shot or feel that you may have already contracted the flu virus, please visit one of our walk-in clinics. Our friendly and professional staff can aid you and your family in staying healthy and recovering quickly. The health of your family is our top priority. Visit our website at www.velocitycare.com for a full listing of our locations and services.
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