Submitted by Marina Hodson
This past Christmas, my husband had the flu for the first time in his life. Both of us tend to be healthy and rarely catch any of the bugs going around, so it came as such a shock to him that he would barely believe it was “just the flu” as he was quite certain it was far more serious and likely life-threatening.
While it completely knocked him out of commission for several days, he is fortunate in that he does not have a compromised immune system, is in his 40s and has no other illnesses. Unfortunately, not everyone is so lucky. In Canada the flu leads to approximately 12,000 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths each year. Particularly at risk are young children and adults over 65, so protect yourself and those around you.
First and foremost – wash your hands thoroughly and frequently! Good hand hygiene is the number one way to protect against both flu and colds.
Of course you should get your flu shot every year as it has been proven to reduce your likely hood of getting ill. As the flu virus is different every year, it is important to have the shot annually for your best chance of protecting against the current strain.
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or your upper sleeve.
And disinfect common surfaces such as keyboards, phones and door handles which may be touched frequently and by different people.
So protect yourself from the flu this season, but if you are one of the unfortunate ones to come down with it, remember to stay home to limit exposure to others and get plenty of rest and fluids.
Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT