According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people fall ill, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and tens of thousands of people die from the flu […]
No one likes to be sick, especially with the influenza virus or the flu. This disease can be cause for real concern, especially during the flu season (October through March). February is the “high point” of the flu season, but you can get the flu at any time of the year. Moreover, millions of people fall ill, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and tens of thousands die from the flu each year in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While it’s easy to get the flu, you can take steps to prevent it and lessen its effects. Follow the flu prevention tips below to protect yourself and those around you from the flu.
Someone infected with the flu can spread it to others who are up to about six feet away. Most experts believe that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Sometimes these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
More often, a person may become contaminated by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it (such as doorknobs or push plates, drinking fountain handles, money/currency, etc.), and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.
In addition, a flu-infected person may infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after symptoms develop. Children may pass the virus for longer than seven days. Symptoms typically start one to four days after the virus enters the body.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people may also suffer from vomiting and diarrhea. It is also possible to have the flu and suffer from respiratory symptoms yet have no fever.
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