The fall/winter flu season generally begins in October and starts to die down by February. However, in some cases, people can still get the flu until May. Although no one is 100% naturally immune from the flu, there are ways to successfully prevent it. Here are three key tips that will help you avoid getting the flu this season and every flu season to come. Tip #1: Wash Your Hands Regularly Regular handwashing with soap and warm water can help prevent the spread of the flu virus. The ... [Read More]
Flu Shots: How Safe Are They?
Many believe the flu is nothing more than a very bad cold; however, the flu can be deadly. Because it weakens the immune system, the flu can leave you vulnerable for opportunistic infections – notably bacterial pneumonia – the results of which can be devastating. Since it’s nearly impossible to avoid coming into the contact with the virus, your best protection is to get a flu shot. Here’s why getting a flu shot is the safest, most convenient way to avoid getting the flu this or any other ... [Read More]
Get a Flu Shot Today so You Don’t Risk Dying Tomorrow
If you are looking forward to not dying tomorrow, you may want to consider getting an influenza (flu) shot today. That may sound funny, but the Centers for Disease Contol (CDC) estimates that 40,000 lives have been saved in the United States alone during the last decade because of people getting a seasonal flue shot. In the 1918 pandemic, 20-50 million people died worldwide. Antiviral medications, improved healthcare, and vaccines have all combined to save countless lives. Researchers have ... [Read More]
Fevers: When Should You Be Concerned?
As the number on the thermometer rises, so does your level of concern. Whether it’s you or your child experiencing a fever, it can be quite scary as you pass 100… 101… then 102. However, fevers are not always bad or cause for concern. Despite the common misconception that fevers are bad, they are not actually harmful – they are your body’s way to make it less hospitable for viruses and bacteria. A fever is medically defined as when the core body temperature exceeds 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. But ... [Read More]