Published on December 14, 2021

‘Tis the (Flu) Season

Flu Season Ahead yield sign

The holiday season is here. Unfortunately, so too is flu season.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect yourself and those you love:

  • Get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it's the most important thing you can do. In fact, the CDC recommends everyone older than 6 months of age get one. People at highest risk for the flu include health care workers, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic conditions like asthma.
  • Wash your hands often. Germs are passed through contact with areas or people who have the flu. In a pinch, a hand sanitizer will do.
  • Stay away from people who are infected. Consider avoiding places where large crowds congregate, like sporting events and concerts.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. That's the way germs are spread and received.

If you do get sick, here's some tips from the CDC:

  • Avoid contact with people so you don't spread the disease.
  • Don’t venture out or go back to work or school until it's been at least 24 hours since your fever has passed.
  • See your doctor right away. If indicated, we can prescribe antiviral drugs that lessen the severity of the flu and help speed recovery. But remember, you need to use these drugs early for them to be effective.

Flu season is inevitable, but with a little prevention, you might be able to dodge it this year.

Check with your health care provider about a flu shot or call 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375) for a clinic near you.

Flu season is inevitable, but with a little prevention, you might be able to dodge it this year.