Hello SOTGC community,
I hope that everyone has managed to stay healthy and productive this year! Not to beat a dead horse, so to speak, but it’s worth mentioning that influenza is not only still out there but it’s a lot more widespread and dangerous this year than in years past. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just issued another warning about the current threat of the flu, complete with this cool picture of the influenza type A H1N1 virus. Here are some useful facts about the flu virus and ways to protect yourself and your family.
- Flu activity it still increasing across the country.
- H1N1 influenza is highly dangerous for younger people and middle-aged adults. During the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak, children and younger adults, especially those with medical conditions like asthma, were more affected by the disease than adults 65 years and older.
- It is not too late to get vaccinated for the flu. The flu season has been known to last into May, and all flu vaccines this year are manufactured to protect against H1N1, which is the most prevalent virus so far this season.
- If you do get sick with the flu there are medications that can help. Tamaflu® and Relenza® are prescription antiviral medications that can shorten the duration of the illness and decrease symptoms. These medications work best immediately after a person becomes infected with the flu virus and become less effective the later they are started into the illness. So, if you’re sick you should see your doctor right away. This is especially important if you have asthma or pneumonia or are otherwise considered to be high risk.
- Please check out the CDC seasonal flu webpage at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/ for more information. And don’t forget to wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Stay healthy ladies!