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The flu virus is an ‘airborne’ virus, meaning the flu virus is in the air, and all you have to do is share airspace with someone who has got the flu. You are likely to come down with the same flu symptoms in a few days.
The year before the following year the CDC is busy calculating many types of virus strains that are going to make up the coming year’s flu vaccines.
The CDC arrives at these calculations according to,
- How many people got the flu the previous year
- How many people hospitalized
- How many deaths occurred due to the flu strain
- What the symptoms were that the majority of people displayed
- The type of strain the majority of individuals contacted.
Use common sense. What this means is doing things no differently than you do all year around and practice some simple techniques that you need to be doing all the time.
- Wash your hands frequently when out and when at home using this method.
- Turn on the water with your bare hands
- Use an ample amount of soap and scrub hands, fingers, between fingers and over the wrist.
- Rinse hands
- While the water is running, dry off your hands with clean paper towels or if there is an air dryer use that. Dry hands thoroughly, this is important.
- Grab a fresh, dry paper towel, fold it in half and use it to turn off the water, and then discard the paper in the trash. Do not touch the side of the paper that touched the faucet.
If you turn off the faucets with wet paper towels, any harmful bacteria on the faucets can filter through the wet paper, back onto your hands.
- Carry hand sanitizer and use it often.
- If you have flu symptoms, fever, achy body, cough, sneezing, headache, stay home as you are contagious to others.
- Whenever you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with your hand if you do not have time to grab a Kleenex or use the crook of your arm, then bring out your hand sanitizer before you touch anything.
- Wear a mask if you suspect you have the flu and have to go outside in the public.
If you do not have the flu but are going to be around someone who does, wear a mask.
If your city reports a flu epidemic and it seems to be spreading, wear a mask.
- Drink 8, 8 ounces of water every day, unless your doctor advises you not to drink this much.
- Eat a well-balanced meal three times a day, kicking up your fruits.
- Be sure to get your flu vaccine every year as soon as it is available unless you have an allergy to the vaccine.
- Some people complain of always coming down with the flu after a flu vaccination, but this is not possible because the virus in a flu vaccination is a dead virus. Thus, it cannot give you the flu.
- You may experience some symptoms of the flu after a flu vaccination, and this is normal, although many people do not experience any side effects.
- Just because you get the flu shot, it is no guarantee that you will not get the flu. However, the CDC says the flu vaccination lessens the symptom of the flu should you get it. Your flu is not as hard on your body.
- Be sure to get your pneumonia shot at least every five years unless you are allergic to this vaccine. The flu can attack the lungs, increasing the risk of pneumonia.