Preparing For The Flu Season

In the Northern hemisphere, winter is the time for flu, but the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary. While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.*

THOSE WHO ARE MORE AT RISK:
1) TAKE EVERYDAY ACTIONS & PRECAUTIONS TO STAY HEALTHY:
2) GET A FLU SHOT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu.
How Vaccines Work: Vaccines prevent diseases that can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines greatly reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease. This fact sheet explains how the body fights infection and how vaccines work to protect people by producing immunity.

3) LEARN THE SYMPTOMS OF FLU: Some of the most common symptoms include fever or chills, cough or sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting. If you think you may have the flu:
4) STAY INFORMED: Visit the following websites for additional information.
* Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

SEE ALSO:
Pandemic Preparation
Health, First Aid, Prescriptions & Survival Medicine
A Guide to the Seasonal Flu for Seniors