Reading, writing, arithmetic and…the flu? Yep, back to school means back to being exposed to a variety of germs that can often lead to the flu. Getting the flu is extremely unpleasant, as you may know, so you should do what you can to make sure your family is safe from it. So….what should you do?
Generally, flu season starts in October and ends in May. Millions of people contract the flu during flu season, however, it is possible to develop the flu at other times during the year, including during the summer.
When you feel rather dreadful and have the sniffles, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and maybe a sore throat, how do you know if you have a cold, the flue, or allergies? It can be hard to tell them apart because many times they follow the same course and similar symptoms. However, understanding them individually can lead to better decisions, choice of treatment, and whether or not you need to visit a health care clinic.
Norovirus is a common stomach bug that shows up in the form of cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Norovirus can spread very quickly through physical contact, taking care of someone while their sick, or touching something that has come in contact with Norovirus. There has recently been an outbreak in Northern California. Learn more in the video below and how you can take preventative measures to protect yourself and others from getting sick.
Getting sick is a regular part of life, but sometimes it can be at the most inopportune time. Sometimes it can develop into something more complex than your average head cold. Sometimes it can stop you in your tracks like a freight train.
Around the colder months of the year runny noses, sore throats, congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, and coughing are making the rounds throughout America. Vitamin C and allergy medication sales go through the roof as people make an attempt to manage their symptoms. Some find relief, some are left feeling very confused about their health status.
You wake up in the morning ready to take on the day, but by lunch time you’re sneezing and feel a sore throat coming on. “Probably just allergies…” you tell yourself. By the time you get home in the evening, your body aches, your head aches, and even though it’s 40 degrees outside, you’re burning up. There’s no denying it – you have the flu – but you can’t have the flu! There’s dinner to make, kids to bathe, a house to clean, and you have an important meeting at work tomorrow.
As most people know, we wear seat belts while driving to protect us from injury in the case of a car accident. Unfortunately, sometimes people are harmed in an accident even when they have taken preventative measures, like using a seat belt. But we can all agree that seat belts are a crucial protection because they drastically reduce the chance of serious injury, even death, from a car accident.
The same principle applies with vaccines and immunizations. Think of a vaccine like a seat belt. While nothing is 100 percent effective and there’s no guarantee against exposure to disease, modern vaccination offers high levels of protection against disease.
Every year there are questions about the flu. Does my kid have it? Will I get the flu? How can we prevent getting the flu? And it seems there are even more questions about the flu vaccine and whether it’s safe or not. Should I give it to my kids? Should seniors take it? What if I’m pregnant? Why should I vaccinate anyway?
Every year people make decisions on whether or not to get vaccinated based on information that isn’t really true. So what are the facts? How do I know if what I’m hearing about the flu vaccine is really true or not?
Topics: Cold and Flu
Flu season comes around every year and no one likes to be sick, especially with the flu. If you’ve gotten the flu before you might even dread this time of year. Although influenza, also known as seasonal flu, may seem like a common cold at first, it’s not the same.