With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to lose sight of our health. That is, until the sniffles, sore throat, and fever come along.
No one wants the aches and pains of flu season to overshadow all the fun the fall and winter seasons bring. That’s why Tulsa ER & Hospital is giving you the facts about flu season.
We encourage everyone to prevent the flu this year by:
- Getting a flu shot
- Washing your hands often
- Staying hydrated
- Eating a vitamin-rich diet
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Avoiding those who are sick (if possible)
How do you get it?
There are plenty of misconceptions out there when it comes to the flu—one of the biggest being how you contract it.
True or false: You can get the flu from going outside with wet hair, not wearing a coat in public, or sitting by a drafty window?
The influenza virus enters your body through the mucus membranes of your nose, eyes, or mouth. Coming into contact with the virus through one of these three body parts is the only way you can get the flu. And what touches your nose, eyes, and mouth more than anything? Your hands.
That’s why it’s crucial to wash your hands often and thoroughly during the fall and winter months. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends washing for at least 20 seconds while scrubbing with soap on the front and backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
Be sure to demonstrate to your children the proper way to wash your hands this flu season.
Who’s at risk?
Although everyone is at risk for the flu, the outcome can be much more serious for certain people.
Generally, the recovery time for the flu is less than two weeks. However, some people are more prone to have flu complications that can land them in the hospital, or worse. Bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, and pneumonia are all examples of flu-related complications.
The flu can also trigger conditions and make chronic health problems worse. For instance, someone who lives with asthma might suffer more asthma attacks while they have the flu. It’s important to be aware of how the influenza virus might affect your health, as it can be more severe for some than others.
According to the CDC, this is a list of the health and age factors that are considered high-risk for serious flu-related complications:
- Neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions
- Blood disorders
- Chronic lung disease
- Endocrine disorders
- Heart disease
- Kidney disorders
- Liver disorders
- Metabolic disorders
- People who are obese with a body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher
- People younger than 19 years of age on long-term medication containing salicylate or aspirin
- People with a weakened immune system due to disease
- Adults 65 years and older
- Children younger than 2 years old
- Pregnant women and women up to 2 weeks post-delivery
We Can Help
If you or a loved one are at high-risk and start experiencing flu-like symptoms, we’re here to help.
Tulsa ER & Hospital is ready to assist you through all seasons, which is why we’re open 365 days of the year—including holidays. We provide flu testing, medication, and treatment so that you can get back to your A-game as soon as possible! For the care you deserve, visit us at 717 W 71st Street in Tulsa, OK.
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