Flu Season is Coming…in fact, it is already here.
With all the recent headlines surrounding the latest COVID-19 variant or the surge in cases of RSV, it is easy to forget about our old friend, influenza. We typically think of flu season as winter and early spring, but this year is shaping up to be different. Currently, over half of the states are showing high or very high levels of influenza activity and some experts say we are more susceptible to the virus this year because of our lack of exposure to the virus in the past few years.
But not all is lost. There are still plenty of ways to keep yourself and your family healthy this flu season.
- Get Your Flu Shot. Even when the vaccine is not perfectly matched with the circulating flu virus, it still protects people against serious illness and complications. And the vaccine allows your body to start making protective antibodies within 2 weeks.
- Wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces. What we learned from COVID-19 applies to other respiratory viruses like flu. High-quality, well-fitting masks help reduce the spread of viruses.
- Stay home when you feel sick. No matter what virus you have, it is important to stay home when you are feeling sick. Reach out to your doctor for advice on home treatments and when you would need to be seen in the office.
- Take care of yourself. Getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet to give your body plenty of vitamins and minerals, and managing stress are all good ways to help our immune system function at its peak.
Any questions about getting scheduled for a flu shot? Reach out to your pediatrician’s office.