Preparing for an Aggressive Flu Season

Posted on December 04 2012

The flu season is officially upon us. Currently accounting for 2.2% off all doctors visits, the flu is now at a case level that the CDC is comfortable announcing the season’s early arrival. In addition to the early arrival, the prominent strain is extremely virulent which is promoting experts to warn of a potentially severe flu season. The flu strain that is causing a raucous is the Influenza A N3H2. Fortunately, this is not a new strain and the current vaccine for the 2012 – 2013 flu season will protect against it. However, the vaccine will only protect against the virus’ spread if people receive their flu shots as recommended. It is significantly important that children over the age of 6 months and adults 65 and older receive their flu shots. These age groups have the highest potential risk for developing complications from the flu, most often pneumonia, which can be fatal. Aside from getting your seasonal flu shot, there are other things that can be done to lessen the contraction risk of the flu. Use proper hand-washing techniques along with an antibacterial hand soap. Carrying around hand sanitizer is another great idea for infection control. Available in convenient portable containers, these germ killing solutions are literally very handy. For protection, when out and about, consider using a face mask or N95 respirator mask, which filter germ-filled air particles and help to keep you from getting sick. Facemasks or respirators can also be worn in the home if the entire family is sick and you are the lone soul taking care of them all. Additionally, in the home disinfecting surfaces and children’s toys is extremely important during the flu season. Lysol and Clorox liquid products, as well as their wipes are excellent choices for proper disinfection. Of course if you are unlucky enough to catch the flu, there are over-the-counter medications that can help ease symptoms, allowing you to achieve the rest needed to beat the bug. Available in liquids or caplet forms, these provide effective relief to help you get through the illness. Take time out to get your seasonal flu shot and work to help limit its spread during the season. Purchase any flu prevention needs and OTC medications that can treat symptoms through our website. Orders can also be placed by calling 1-888-687-4334 and speaking with one of our helpful Medical Supply Specialists. Sources: NBC - Today Show - Video - WebMD - MedPage Today - U.S. News Health/HealthDay -


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