Do you know someone who has the flu? Chances are, you do! This is due to the fact that this year’s flu season is worst than the average season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu season “commonly peeks in the US in January or February”. More recently, Fox News reported that thirty states in the US have reported “high levels of influenza-like activity”. This flu season has severely impacted people 65 and older with more than half of the hospitalization cases occurring in this age group (CDC). While the elderly are heavily impacted, the flu does not discriminate against any age group.

As the flu (or being sick in general) can result in missed school and work days, hospitalization, decreased productivity and more, here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help reduce your risk:

  • Get a yearly flu vaccine
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that might be contaminated with germs
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

For more tips, please click here.

Also, maintaining your oral health is a good preventative step to take as your oral health affects your overall health. Maintaining your oral health include simple steps such as flossing everyday, brushing your teeth at least twice a day and seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings!

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Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fox News