The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by being vaccinated. Flu season generally runs October through May. Call Rocky Mountain Infectious Diseases now to receive a flu vaccination.
“One of the most important reasons why someone should receive a flu shot is the concept of herd immunity which represents the protection of the vulnerable people that arises when enough of the population is vaccinated to guard them from infection,” Dr. Alexandru David of RMID said. “It helps you not getting sick and also your close family members and other people that you come in contact with.”
Along with being vaccinated, it’s important to take preventive steps this time of year to hamper the spread of germs.
If you are feeling ill, limit contact as much with people, and stay home when possible. Keep potentially contaminated objects and surfaces at home, work and school disinfected to kill germs. Once deposited on a surface, flu viruses can live from 2 to 8 hours and potentially infect unsuspecting people. Objects to focus on include doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, faucet handles, phones and other electronic devices.
Keeping hands clean and away from your eyes, mouth and nose will help prevent the spread of germs. Wash hands with soap and water often. If no soap and water is available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. It’s a good habit to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing no matter the season.
Flu viruses spread person to person through droplets with coughing, sneezing or talking and also from touching an object with flu virus on it and then touching the mouth, eyes or nose. Infected people can infect others up to 25 hours prior to becoming symptomatic and up to one week after symptoms develop.
Flu symptoms generally come on quickly compared to the gradual onset of the common cold. Common symptoms are fever, muscle aches, sore throat, fatigue, runny nose and headache.