Published on October 7th, 2014 | by Samantha Levine0
Prepping for Flu Season
Along with all of the great things that fall brings us comes the less favorable things, namely, flu season. It’s that time of year again where every sniffle and cough has you shifting a few more seats away from people on the subway, and pulling the hand sanitizer out from your bag. Most cases of the flu happen later in the year, but now is the best time to get your flu shot for maximum coverage so you’re protected through the entire season.
You may think you’re perfectly healthy, and not in need of a flu shot, but before you take your sick day from work, and not the fun kind, it’s still extremely important to be able to recognize the symptoms of the flu to prevent both yourself and those around you from getting sick. Not everyone has as tough of an immune system as the next, and are more like to become contagious before realizing it. So before the germs are spread be on the lookout for the following:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
Now while many of these symptoms are similar to the common cold, it’s vital you take the proper precautions to prevent spreading your infections on to others, and so you don’t become even sicker. The best way you can do this is to limit as much as you can your contact with others, and be sure to cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. The flu is an airborne virus, so just being in the same space as others can put them at risk. Be especially careful to stay away from the elderly and young children if you are exhibiting symptoms.
What you may not know is that the flu virus is constantly mutating. This is why it is especially important to get vaccinated each year against the new strains. The vaccine takes two weeks to take root in your system, so the sooner in October you get vaccinated the better. In the meantime, be sure to remain conscious when around other who may be exhibiting symptoms.
Remember what your mom told you, wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you cough, and avoid touching your mouth, eyes, or nose as much as possible. Also be sure to check out Prevention Magazine for some more tips on how to stay healthy in the winter months.
Men’s Fitness is another great magazine, along with Women’s Health. These magazines are particularly great with giving tips for year-round health and fitness exercises. So whether you are pro flu-shot, or against it subscribing to these magazines will be a great asset to keep you prepared for all the coughs and sniffles this winter will bring.