The cold breeze is a gentle reminder that the Flu Season is coming up. The flu virus tends to spread from October to May, with most cases occurring in January or February. Vaccinations can be given at any time during the flu season — even getting a vaccination later in the season (December through March) can still help protect you from influenza.
The flu is often confused with the common cold, but flu symptoms tend to develop quickly (usually 1 to 4 days after a person is exposed to the flu virus).
Flu-like symptoms include:
Take time to get a flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated against the flu every year. Infants younger than 6 months old are too young to be vaccinated. Protect them by getting yourself, other children and family members, and close contacts vaccinated. This will help prevent spreading the virus to infants.
UHS offers flu shots to patients. Talk to your primary care physician on how to get the flu vaccine.
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
If you want to get the flu shot or get more information about the treatment of the flu, contact UHS.