... YOU have the power to prevent it.
According to The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.
"Flu symptoms are like a 'cold on steroids,'" explains Michael Grace, M.D., a family physician with Alegent Creighton Clinic in Florence. "I have seen young, otherwise healthy, folks come into the clinic with the flu feeling terrible and looking worse."
While most people will only have to suffer through a few days with these symptoms, Dr. Grace warns that some groups, such as young children, pregnant women, or the elderly, are at risk for life-threatening complications. "Getting the shot protects not only you, but helps stop the spread to folks less able to tolerate an infection with the flu."
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- When to get your flu shot
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- Who should get the flu shot
Most people have two options for the vaccine: the flu shot and the flu mist. Anyone six months of age or older can get the flu shot. However, you can avoid the shot and opt for the flu mist – if you are between the ages of two and 49, are not pregnant, and do not have certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes or lung disease.
Beyond getting vaccinated, Dr. Grace recommends four additional steps to help stop the spread of the flu:
- If diagnosed with flu:
- stay home from work and avoid crowded places.
- protect others by wearing a face mask.
- If not sick with flu:
- continue good hand washing practices.
- avoid close contact with those who are infected.