In the old days the flu season occurs during the cold days of the year, but nowadays the prevalence of its outbreaks is unpredictable due to climate change and extreme weather conditions.
According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control) the available flu vaccine was 60% effective, so they further recommended that all people over age 6 months to get the vaccine as this year influenza according to case reports has been becoming severe in nature due to viral strain mutation.
Because influenza is a virus, it is a contagious respiratory illness that can easily be transmitted from one person to another. Elders, children and persons with chronic health conditions are at risk. You can get the flu when a person infected with it coughs, sneezes infront of you or near you. The droplets containing their germs can be inhaled by anyone likewise through touching door knobs, elevator buttons and handrails which were touched by the infected person.
It can be mild or severe; in some cases it can lead to death as related complications arise like pneumonia or dehydration.
As a pre-emptive measure getting the flu vaccine is the best protection for you and your family. Doctors also advise to eat a nutritious diet, drink plenty of fluids and get enough sleep to help strengthen the body’s immune system that can keep the flu virus at bay.
Additionally, take vitamins supplements and anti-oxidants such as A,C,E and Z to help boost the immune system. Encourage your children to make washing their hands a habit to ward off diseases.
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