With the 2020 Influenza (Flu) season fast approaching, it is in everyone’s best interest to take their best action and prevent the Flu. Per the updated Centers for Disease Control, CDC guidelines, we recommend using the three-step approach to avoid the Flu.

Step 1: Take Time to Get a Flu Vaccine 

Both the CDC and staff at Axis Family Care recommend the yearly flu vaccine as one of the essential steps in protecting yourself and your loved ones from the flu virus. Especially given this year’s unique health concerns. “CDC estimates that last season, fewer than half of Americans got a flu vaccine, and at least 410,000 people were hospitalized from flu. Increased vaccination coverage would reduce that burden” (CDC 2020). Axis Family Care actively provides the seasonal flu vaccine. Schedule a visit to receive yours today! 

Step 2: Take Every day Preventative Actions to Stop the Spread of Germs

Taking preventative measures to prevent the spread of germs is integral to one’s overall health. The best measures include avoiding contact with sick individuals, covering nose and mouth into elbow when sneezing/coughing, and taking the time to wash hands with soap and water after external exposures thoroughly. By following simple preventative actions, we decrease our risk of spreading germs and contracting the Flu.

Step 3: Take Flu Antiviral Medication if Prescribed by Your Provider  

If you test positive for the Influenza virus, ask your provider for Antiviral Flu medication to shorten your active infection length. According to studies, it is recommended to start Antiviral medicines within 48 hours of getting sick. Do not hesitate to call when your symptoms are first present to keep all treatment options available.

For more detailed figures, statistics, and explanations, visit the CDC link provided below. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/prevention.htm