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Protect Yourself from Flu

A sick woman resting in bed

You obviously try hard to protect yourself from colds and the flu during the winter season, yet you and many other Altana Glendale residents will unfortunately contract this debilitating and insidious virus. Unfortunately, in 2018 we are experiencing a flu epidemic like we haven’t seen in many years. People are getting so sick that it’s actually taking their lives, so it’s your choice to protect yourself from this potentially devastating illness.

For those trying to protect themselves from this deadly flu season, we have some powerful tips we’d like to share with you today. Before we get into the tips, we will talk about the flu and what it can do to you, whether or not you need to get a flu shot, the symptoms, and other flu related topics. With that said, let’s dive in without any additional delay.

*What Is the Flu Anyway?

All told, the flu is a virus. Not only does it create a respiratory illness, it’s also highly contagious, so you have to be careful if this difficult to treat sickness is working its way through your family members, friends, and coworkers, or any other people you come into contact with. Even though many of you may have contracted a strain of the flu virus in the past, you obviously know how terrible it can make you feel, so you know it’s important to take the necessary steps to prevent contracting it.

On another note, some people do not necessarily realize they’ve even contracted the flu at first. The symptoms are very similar to the common cold, so in the beginning you may feel like you are just getting sick with a head cold. But the major difference is that the flu and its symptoms are a lot more severe than the common cold, so if you do end up feeling really ill, it’s best to immediately begin taking over-the-counter remedies and make an appointment with your doctor right away.

*Is It Really Necessary to Get a Flu Shot?

As far as flu shots are concerned, health experts will tell you that it’s never too late to get one if you haven’t gotten the shot already. This vaccination is effective against many different strains of the flu, but it is not necessarily effective at preventing you from getting all of them. As a matter of fact, there is one particularly difficult strain of the flu known as H3N2 that is really getting many different people sick this year, so it’s definitely preventative but unfortunately it will not stop you from catching all forms of this illness.

All in all, doctors recommend that everyone six months and older receive a flu vaccine shot every year. Even though they make this recommendation to just about everyone except for the tiniest infants, they specifically say that adults 65 years or older, children under five years old, and pregnant women should always get a flu vaccine shot every year. If you also have chronic medical conditions like diabetes, asthma, and heart disease as examples, then it’s highly recommended you receive a flu vaccine shot each year as well since you may be more susceptible to the illness because you’re already currently sick with one or more other diseases.

*Symptoms of the Flu Virus

At some point this year, you may become sick and wonder if you’re currently facing the flu virus. It’s quite possible that this is exactly what you’re experiencing, but it’s often hard to tell if you do not know the specific symptoms.

To help you get a better handle on whether or not you may be suffering from the flu virus, we’re going to share a brief list of the main symptoms with you below. They are as follows:

  • suffering from a sore throat
  • your body and muscles begin to ache
  • experiencing headaches
  • feelings of fatigue
  • having a fever, or a fever along with chills
  • experiencing a cough
  • having a stuffy or runny nose
  • occasionally, people with a particularly potent strand of the flu will suffer from diarrhea and vomiting

*Get Vaccinated to Protect Yourself from the Flu

As we’ve already mentioned above, it’s wise to get your yearly flu vaccination in order to prevent suffering from this difficult virus. The symptoms of the flu illness are often hard to handle and incapacitate many people for a week or more when it’s a particularly tough virus to beat.

Instead of wondering, wishing, and hoping that you don’t get the flu, you could always go to your doctor or local pharmacy and get a flu shot. By getting the shot, you will be injected with a small amount of the disease and your body’s natural defenses will build up and protect you from suffering from the most debilitating and difficult to manage symptoms.

*Avoid Close Contact with Others to Protect Yourself from the Flu

Now, we’re not telling you to never touch anyone else again, or to always stand 10 feet back from the closest person. On the contrary, it is wise to avoid getting into close contact with people when you know that they are either sick or they’ve spent time around somebody currently sick with the flu.

On the opposite side of the coin, if you happen to have contracted the flu virus, you should do your best to avoid getting into close contact with others and spreading the illness. So do yourself and others a favor by keeping your distance so you can protect everyone from unwanted symptoms of the flu.

*Regularly Wash Your Hands to Protect Yourself from the Flu

During flu season, it’s particularly wise to make it a point to wash your hands often at this time. If you are in an environment where you touch doorknobs, pens, keyboards, and anything else you might share with others, you’ll find yourself particularly susceptible to catching the flu.

To prevent this from happening, make it a point to wash your hands regularly with soap and warm or hot water. If a sink isn’t readily available, take advantage of alcohol-based hand sanitizers and use them to wipe your hands often, especially after you’ve touched something that other people also touch.


It’s never impossible to protect yourself from the flu. Please take the steps we’ve shared with you today to prevent contracting this difficult illness this year.