It happens every year. We enter the flu season and someone becomes ill with flu-like symptoms. But the good news is that we can take steps to minimize our risk and our family’s risk of contracting the virus.
Yesterday, I took the first step. I got my annual flu vaccine – easily obtainable and it didn’t hurt! The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta encourages everyone to get the shot and there is no shortage of the vaccine. Beyond the vaccine, some common sense rules help limit the spread of the flu:
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently (waterless hand sanitizer can be used if no water is available)
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or into your sleeves
- Drink plenty of water (8 glasses, at least, each day)
- Get plenty of sleep each night (8 hours at least)
- Eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Get plenty of exercise weekly
Together, we can decrease the number of cases of flu within our district. I’m attaching the links to two excellent documents that the CDC has put on the internet to help us all remain as health as possible.
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