Surviving This Year’s Flu Season

Posted On: January 19, 2018

If you haven’t noticed how bad the flu is this season, you are one of the lucky few: as is, this is the most widespread outbreak of the virus since health authorities began keeping track over a dozen years ago. Even worse, it doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing.

Looking to stay away from being bed-ridden? There are some precautions you can take to help ensure you make it through this flu season in one piece.

It’s never too late for your flu shot – While it’s true that the flu shot is less effective on this year’s prevalent strain of influenza, it still has some success in minimizing the severity and duration of symptoms. The optimal time for your flu shot may have been back in October, but getting it now will still prepare you for the coming months.

Cleanliness is a virtue – Wash hands thoroughly as often as you can, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose. Also, disinfect surfaces you regularly come in contact with! The goal is to make germs as inaccessible to you as possible.

Avoid sick people like the plague – Because they are, essentially.

However, in the off chance you’re starting to feel under the weather…

Stay home – If you’re asking whether or not you should stay home, the answer is you should stay home. This isn’t a greedy mindset, it’s the best for everyone. If suffering from the flu, you’re contagious for one week after, and one day before, the moment symptoms manifest. It’s recommended you stay home for 24 hours after your fever has subsided.

Is it Flu or Cold? – Confusing one for the other can be a recipe for bad news. The primary symptoms for the Flu are fever, body aches, headache, cough, congestion, chills, tiredness, and possible diarrhea and vomiting. It’s ideal to see a doctor within 48 hours of having flu symptoms. Worried about adventuring into a waiting room? Stream Virtual MD has you covered: you can receive a Doctor’s diagnosis and potential prescription while still cozied up in bed.

Get better ASAP – Hydrate, rest, refuel and recover. The absolute last thing you want to do is to try to power through the flu.