Prevention is the best medicine! To try and avoid getting the flu in the first place, try these tips:
Flu vaccine myths – BUSTED:
The flu shot cannot give people the flu. The virus in the shots are inactivated, they cannot pass on the infection.
It takes up to two weeks for your body to develop the antibodies, so get the shot early to optimize your coverage
The flu shot protects from the four most common strains of the flu. You are about 60% less likely to get the flu if you get the shot. It’s not fool-proof (nothing in this life is!) but it’s definitely effective.
True influenza can be dangerous for the young, the old, the weak, and the autoimmune. It’s a very difficult respiratory disease that can also lead to extremely serious diseases like pneumonia. It also can make chronic conditions worse, like asthma or heart disease. It is not to be trifled with.
Take care of yourself and your family! Use common sense, sanitation, healthy living, and vaccines to stay healthy and well through this season.