Love isn’t the only thing in the air this month. Flu season has spiked across North Texas.
The Centers for Disease Control recently listed Texas as a high activity state, meaning the risk of exposure for influenza is higher for Texans. The flu can be spread in the air when a sick person sneezes, coughs or even talks.
If someone in your home or at work has been diagnosed with the flu, there are some things you can do to help prevent further outbreak.
Here are some helpful tips for preventing the spread of the flu:
- Wash your hands before eating or touching your face.
- Do not share food or drinks with others.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Get a flu shot! There's still time to protect yourself with the flu vaccine.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.
- If you feel ill, see a healthcare provider as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment now!
If you've been diagnosed with the flu, you may be feeling miserable. A bout of the flu can last one to two weeks.
Here are a few ways to combat the flu:
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
- If you can, stay home and recover.
- Limit contact with others as much as possible.
- If you must leave home, wear a facemask if you have one.
- Stay hydrated, even though you don’t feel like eating.
- Take things slowly and try not to rush back to exercise and other physical activities.
If flu complications develop or if you're sick longer than two weeks, see medical attention.