Local pharmacies and health departments are getting ready for the flu season. Flu shots will be available soon.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against influenza. The flu vaccine is said to reduce doctor’s visits and missed work and school. Those who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications, including the elderly, infants, pregnant women and those who suffer from certain health conditions, should get a flu shot early.
The CDC says the composition of the U.S. flu vaccine is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses.
If children have fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish skin color, suffer from dehydration, can’t interact, or develop a fever with a rash, these are symptoms that require an emergency room visit.
If you suspect you have the flu, stay home from work or school, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue to prevent the spread of the virus, wash your hands often with soap and water, and clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.