It’s that time of year again, and we’re not talking about the holidays! It’s that time of year when the flu virus makes its annual rounds, and last year was particularly rough. If you end up being one of the lucky people who don’t get sick this season, then you’ll probably know someone who does. It’s one of those things that’s pretty hard to escape, especially if you live with children or frequent high traffic public places like gyms, schools, hospitals, or any form of public transit. Each one of us is bound to come in close contact with the flu virus at some point this season, but the key is how we protect ourselves against it which means following the proper precautions and etiquette.
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To avoid getting sick this winter, take note of these easy flu prevention tips…
1. Get Your Flu Shot
Every year the debate about whether or not to get the flu shot resurfaces. It’s unfortunate that people even question whether or not to get it, but sadly, it happens and it’s due to a lot of misinformation or misconception about the vaccine and it’s effects. The truth is, the flu vaccine not only protects you from potentially contracting the flu, but it also prevents others around you that might be more susceptible to getting sick, like children or seniors. It also protects those who are unable to get the flu shot like newborn babies.
A lot of the misconception about the flu shot stems from people not understanding how it works. There is a new flu vaccine each year and while it can never be 100-percent effective because there are so many different strains of the flu and the vaccine is developed ahead of the season, it gives us the best odds at protection. When someone gets the flu vaccine, their body releases antibodies to fight against the most common strains so that they are prepared for the upcoming season. The best time of year to get the flu vaccine is in October because the flu peaks between November and March, but it’s a good idea to get the flu shot at any point because a flu season can last all the way until May.