Is the Flu more intense this year?
Yes, indeed. As you may well know, we are in the midst of a higher than usual flu season. Chances are you, or someone close to you had, has, or will have it this year. As per Flu Near You, “the percentage of flu-like symptom reports in the United States has increased by 2.0 % since last week.”¹
The CDC has an interactive map showing the season in a week-by-week breakdown. As you can see in the image below, Texas is among those states most active with the influenza virus. How can you keep yourself healthy and avoid the flu?
Here are a few tips to prevent the flu:
- Eat healthy meals, drink plenty of fluids, and get adequate amounts of sleep. These will keep your immune system strong.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly with warm water and soap.
- Avoid touching your face – eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
- Get an influenza vaccine. This may help, but keep in mind that it takes about 2 weeks for the protection of a vaccine to be in place.2
- If you get sick, STAY HOME! Be a hero by doing your best to keep others from getting sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Use a tissue, your elbow, or the inside of your shirt – not your hands.