As the influenza season quickly approaches, it’s important that you stay informed and readily prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu virus. Symptoms include fever, cough, aches, sore throat, stuffy nose, headache and fatigue. If you think you have the flu, check in with a medical provider immediately. This is especially important for children, adults aged 65-plus, and individuals with a compromised immune system.
Take action this season and know prevention is key. The best method of prevention is an annual flu vaccination. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important protective measure. The vaccine can reduce flu illnesses, missed work and significantly reduces the risk of flu-associated hospitalization. Some additional preventive actions include avoiding close contact with those who are ill, covering the nose and mouth with a sleeve or tissue when coughing and sneezing, and ensuring hands are regularly washed with soap and water.
For more information about the flu, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.
Courtesy of 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron