For kids, the end of summer means the start of a new school year and, for adults, it means buckling down at work to tackle big projects. For every one of us, it means that Flu season is just around the corner. Are you prepared?
If you’re not, there’s still time to gather your proverbial bows, arrows and shield to protect yourself from the season’s worst bug. Arm yourself with the knowledge of how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the Flu this season with answers to these three common flu questions:
How can I prevent the Flu?
- WASH YOUR HANDS! One of the easiest and most important things you can do to prevent the spread of the Flu is to keep your hands clean. Wash them frequently for at least 30 seconds with soap and warm water (try singing your ABC’s twice to measure the time).
- Watch http://bit.ly/FluHands, and see just how important washing your hands really is!
- If you think you may be sick, stay home and avoid the risk of spreading the flu to your co-workers or classmates.
- Most importantly, GET A FLU SHOT. Each year the most virulent strains of the Flu are covered in the flu vaccine. And for those of us that are less inclined to voluntarily subject ourselves to shots, the vaccine is available as both a shot and as a nasal mist this year.
Why do people usually get the flu in winter?
- The Flu virus can survive longer in dry air, so it’s easy for it to spread indoors in the winter when heating sources cause lower humidity. Once Flu virus droplets are in the air, they can infect people by being inhaled or landing on susceptible areas of the body such as the nose, mouth or eyes.
- In colder winter months, people spend more time indoors and are in closer contact with one another (especially during the holidays), making it much easier for the Flu to be spread.
- For more information about geographic areas that are currently affected by the Flu, Flu trends and what you can do to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, check out http://bit.ly/FluFinder.
Where do I get my Flu shot?
- While you may still be enjoying beach vacations this summer, travel health and immunization clinics are already gearing up for the upcoming Flu season. The Flu vaccine will begin arriving at Passport Health offices nationwide later this month, and the dates for corporate Flu clinics are filling up fast. You don’t have to worry about mid-day traffic or taking time off work to get your Flu shot because our nurses will come to you! If you are interested in booking a Flu clinic at your company, call your local Passport Health office today and book your dates as soon as possible.