Warning! It’s Flu Season

December 16, 2014 Cheryl Smith Awareness and Prevention, Men's Health, Women's Health

Flu season Knoxville

Our local, East Tennessee, news headlines are starting to include school closings and absenteeism due to the FLU!   Flu season starts in October and extends through early spring, with most cases diagnosed in January and February. The flu, also referred to as influenza, is a highly contagious viral infection. Symptoms include:

  • Fever, including muscle aches
  • Common cold symptoms such as runny or stuffy nose, dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Stomach upset, including nausea and diarrhea

Someone infected with the flu virus can anticipate suffering from symptoms for 7-10 days. A flu shot is suggested to help with prevention and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated every year.

fight flu seasonPrevention- what can you do?

Getting vaccinated is the first step. Here’s some additional tips to help keep healthy this season:

  • Stay away from people who are sick. Same goes for you- if you are showing signs of sickness, keep your distance to help protect them too!
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze. This will help prevent others from being infected.
  • Wash your hands! Soap and water are best, and if that’s not available use a hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face– eyes, nose and mouth.   This helps avoid additional contamination from touching a surface that might be infected.
  • Disinfect your area! Clean and disinfect your area, especially if anyone is sick.
  • Take care of yourself before you get sick- get plenty of sleep, eat right, exercise and drink plenty of fluids. Stress also reduces your immune system- find a home-work balance.


CPR Choice hopes these tips help you stay healthy and avoid the flu this season!

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