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Are you flu season ready?

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

a yellow yield sign with a words reading out flu season ahead Are you flu season ready?

At SERVPRO of Wheaton/Kensington, we're not just concerned with the health of your home but also with the health of our clients. Especially, during the flu season, so here are some information and tips for understanding and knowing how to handle the flu from the Red Cross.

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of viruses. In the United States, there is a flu season that begins every fall and ends every spring. The type of flu people get during this season is called seasonal flu. Flu viruses spread from person to person when people who are infected cough or sneeze.

What should I do to avoid getting sick?

Get your flu shot every year for the best chance of protection.

  • Always practice good health habits to maintain your body’s resistance to infection.
    • Eat a balanced diet.
    • Drink plenty of fluids.
    • Exercise daily.
    • Manage stress.
    • Get enough rest and sleep.
  • Take these common sense steps to stop the spread of germs:
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid or minimize contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you cough and sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
    • Stay away from others as much as possible when you are sick.

Do I have the flu?

The flu usually begins with the rapid onset of high fever and body aches. Be aware of other common flu symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea (more common in children then adults)

If you have, or know of someone who has these symptoms, reach out to your healthcare provider. Always remember that your SERVPRO of Wheaton/Kensington is here to help! We wish you a healthy beginning of the year!

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