Each year, more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized because of an illness associated with the seasonal flu. As of Feb. 6, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim that the flu remains widespread among the U.S. and severity is still high. In the height of flu season, it is important to consider taking precautions to prevent the continual spread of this illness. Additionally, with the recent measles outbreak, it has become even more pertinent to implement protective health measures.
The flu spreads easily through droplets produced from those infected with the flu by talking, sneezing or coughing. Be mindful if you are displaying symptoms of the flu, as it may require additional preventative measures. Flu symptoms include the following:
- Fever or chills;
- Sore throat;
- Runny or stuffy nose;
- Muscle or body aches;
- Fatigue; and
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
There are several simple actions you can take to prevent you and your family from becoming infected by the flu. Consider the following preventative measures:
- Get a flu vaccination – A flu vaccination at can help reduce the number of flu cases in your family.
- Regularly clean and disinfect –It is important to regularly clean and disinfect commonly touched objects, such as door knobs, keyboards and phones.
- Educate about daily preventative measures – Teach your children about flu symptoms, how the virus spreads and what they can do to stay healthy, such as washing their hands, avoiding contact with sick people and covering their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Maintain adequate supply of tissues, soap, paper towels, alcohol-based hand rubs and disposable wipes.
- If you are sick stay home –the best way to prevent the spread of flu at work or school to stay home.
The flu will be active in all parts of the U.S. it is important to continuously work to attempt to keep all of your loved ones healthy.