Flu season is well underway get your flu shot

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2018

With colder weather comes the flu season.

This uninvited guest forcibly makes its way in our lives and homes this time of year but there are precautions we can take to minimize or prevent this virus from ruining our week. 

In its 2017-18 report, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends every 6-months and older receive an influenza vaccination.

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This suggestion includes high-risk groups and their caregivers.

Although receiving a flu vaccination is suggested as a primary method to prevent contraction of the flu, maintaining good personal hygiene could also save you a trip to the doctor and pharmacy for medication to treat the symptoms.

Good personal hygiene includes washing your hands frequently and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze. It’s also a good idea to keep  hand sanitizer or wipes close by at all times.

The Mississippi State Department of Health suggests that people who are 65 and older, in addition to pregnant women, young children and anyone with a chronic illness receive a flu vaccine.

If you do get the flu and start to experience body aches or any other signs of the virus, stay indoors and avoid contact with others to prevent it from spreading.

To treat any symptoms from the flu, be sure to get plenty of rest and eat fresh and healthy food. Flu shots are offered at county health departments for children 18 and younger and for some adults who are considered high risk who are also without health insurance. Otherwise Pearl River County residents should seek a vaccine from their healthcare provider or at a participating pharmacy.