By Jesse Smith Nurse Practitioner at Parke Health Center
As winter settles in, so does the risk of seasonal influenza, more commonly known as the flu. Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can lead to severe complications, especially in vulnerable populations. To help you stay informed and protected, we reached out to our local medical providers for their insights on managing the flu season.
Dr. Perez, at Parke Health Center states “Influenza can be especially challenging during winter. The most effective way to prevent the flu is by getting an annual flu vaccine.” This vaccine is designed to protect against the specific strains of influenza expected to circulate during the upcoming flu season.
Dr. Perez also recommends the following:
Practice Good Hygiene: Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds can help prevent the spread of the flu virus. If soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
Stay Healthy: Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. Eat a balanced diet including fruits and vegetables.
Stay Home When Sick: If you or your family members develop flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, or fatigue, it is essential to stay home to avoid spreading the virus to others.
Seek Prompt Treatment: If you suspect you have the flu, especially if you are in a high-risk group or experiencing severe symptoms, consult a healthcare professional. Antiviral medications may be prescribed to reduce the severity and duration of the illness.
Remember, influenza can be particularly severe in children, the elderly, pregnant women, and individuals with underlying health conditions. By following these precautions and heeding the advice of medical experts you can reduce the risk of contracting the flu and protect those around you who are most vulnerable.
For additional questions or advice about seasonal influenza, call Parke Health Center at 719-346-9481.