gaming grandpa
GAMING GRANDPA?
October 4, 2018
Show all

Stop Seasonal Influenza: Winter Flu Blues

Seasonal Influenza, also known as the “Flu”, can be a seriously harmful disease.  Over 200,000 people in the United States alone are hospitalized yearly according to estimates made by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC.  From those hospitalized, 36,000 people will die, 90% of those will be people over 65 years old.

The Flu can be active in your body up to two weeks before you start showing signs.  As a result, we provided a list of the most common flu symptoms. These flu signs include, but are not limited to:

  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • General pain/achiness

In addition, the more serious of flu symptoms include, but again are not limited to:

  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness

If you experience either of the more serious symptoms listed above, you should contact a physician right away.  Taking the necessary precautions can be life-saving.

Especially relevant, we found that the number one preventive tool to decrease the risks of getting the Flu is to receive a Flu Vaccination.  Below you will find other preventative tips to stay Flu free this cold, Winter Season:

  • Cover your Cough (make sure mouth is covered by hand)
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer often
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cleanse and disinfect touched surfaces
  • Use a humidifier or saline nasal spray/wash
  • Drink plenty of fluids (8 glasses of water a day)
  • Make sure to get plenty of sleep
  • Stay home when sick
  • Stay active and/or exercise

For more information contact your physician and/or local pharmacy.  Set up your flu shot today and stay flu-free another winter season.  Furthermore, we have found a few pharmacies that participate in giving discounted or free flu vaccines nationwide.  Here are their links for your convenience.

CVS Pharmacy –  https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/flu?WT.ac=CVS-HOME-BOTTOMLC-RX_FLU-082017

RiteAid Pharmacy –  https://www.riteaid.com/shop/info/pharmacy/services/vaccine-central/immunization-information/flu#flu-shots-at-rite-aid

Walgreens   https://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/immunization/seasonal_flu.jsp

Kroger –  https://www.kroger.com/topic/protect-your-health-with-a-flu-shot

 

In addition to the above, you can also watch the weekly Flu Review from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm.

 

New Call-to-action

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *