How Contagious is the Flu?

With flu season right around the corner, many people are gearing up to receive a flu vaccine. The flu shot is one of the best ways you can protect yourself. Like many other types of viruses, the flu virus is extremely contagious. In fact, you can spread the virus to others before you begin showing symptoms. And once symptoms develop, you’re contagious for up to three to seven days.

Some people don’t get a flu vaccine. Their method for avoiding the flu is simply avoiding sick people. While this method can work in hindsight, it can fail due to the fact that many people are asymptomatic in the beginning. Plus, the flu virus can live on many surfaces for several hours. You can take every step possible to avoid people sick with the flu, but you can’t stop flu sufferers from leaving a germ trail.

Get the flu vaccine and you reduce your chances of an infection by 70 to 90 percent. You also lower the risk of complications, such as pneumonia, hospitalization and death. You can attend a flu clinic or schedule an appointment with your general practitioner. The sooner you get vaccinated, the better. If you are a provider make sure you have the flu available. Express Medical Supplies has them in stock and is shipping now!

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