The flu has quickly spread and the area hospital is filled with patients suffering from its effects. Some media outlets are reporting that the flu shot given this year is only about 10% effective in preventing the virus. The outbreak is considered one of the worst in years.
Chances are, wherever you go, you are going to encounter someone who has the flu. As it is easily spread through airborne droplets from coughing, sneezing, and even just talking, you must be vigilant about doing everything you can to avoid contracting the illness.
Most of us know the symptoms; fever, sore throat, achy body, chills, coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose. These symptoms come quickly and hit hard. Severe cases can lead to hospitalization and even death.
Though the flu shot has proven to be ineffective against the current strain of virus, there are some simple tips you can take lower your risk of contracting the illness.
Remember, if you think you have the flu; call your doctor - an antiviral may help lessen the duration and severity, and STAY home - no one at work wants your illness.
Take care of yourself, take precautions, and help stop the spread of this virus.