How To Get Through Flu Season

By Ben Hamill - January 29, 2020
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How To Get Through Flu Season

What with there being commonly known health risks associated with getting the flu, its surprising; shocking even; that many Canadians continue to pay absolutely no regard to actively avoid getting and/or spreading the virus. What makes this type of behaviour to be even more selfish and ignorant is the fact that there exists a number of cheap and simple steps proven to be highly effective at avoiding becoming ill during flu-season.

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The first line of defence is getting into a routine of an annual flu vaccination. Commonly referred to as “the flu shot”, flu vaccines are each year cultivated to protect us against the viruses indicated by research to be most prevalent at the time. Not only do flu shots reduce the number of flu events overall, but the vaccine also prevents those who do catch the virus from becoming ill to the point of hospitalisation, or worse even, death. 

High Risk Folks Need To Be Careful

Ontario’s Ministry of Health recommends that flu shots be administered annually especially to those who fall into the category of being susceptible towards catching the virus known to cause influenza. Folks who fall into this particular category include young children, those who suffer from certain diseases like asthma, lung disease and heart disease, pregnant women and also senior citizens (people older than 65 years of age).

It must be remembered that babies younger than 6 months old will not be permitted to receive a vaccination against catching the flu. In the case of young babies, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone coming into regular close contact with children under the age of 6 months, receive annual flu shots.

Be Mindful Of Others When Ill

But there are other preventative measures that may be taken in order to avoid spreading the flu; in addition to getting vaccinated. These include not only avoiding close contact with those already ill so as to dodge the flu, but also to when already ill, to avoid contact with too many other people so as to prevent cross-contamination and spreading the virus.

In the unlucky event that one does miss the opportunity of getting a flu shot before illness strikes, there are a number of steps that can be followed in order to prevent the illness from spiralling out of control. These include a visit to the doctor early on in the process in order to procure a prescription for antiviral medication as well as staying home for at least 24 hours after it becomes clear that your body has rid itself of the fever caused by the flu. Also avoid touching the eyes and nose and mouth, as the germs responsible for causing the flu are typically spread in this way.

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