Flu season is right around the corner and with it comes the last thing anyone wants including headaches, sneezing, coughing and sniffling.
In order to prevent that from being you, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center would like to offer immunization insight and every day tips that can help to avoid and prevent these illnesses.
“One of the best ways to continue to protect yourself and children from serious and sometimes deadly diseases are vaccines. These vaccines can target both uncommon and common illnesses such as influenza,” said Meggan Goodpasture, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest Baptist. “However, infections are still possible depending on the environment and when travelers or visitors from areas with disease outbreaks return to our country. Rigorous testing by the FDA and others is conducted to ensure a vaccine’s safety and efficacy before it is recommended for use.”
Goodpasture suggests the following tips to fight viruses, including the flu.
- Everyone six months or older, pregnant, a caretaker of someone who is vulnerable to the flu and those who are at high risk should receive an annual flu vaccine that will protect against the three most common viruses (influenza AH3N2, influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus).
- Keep in mind that some vaccinations are required for school and traveling. If unsure about required immunizations when traveling, visit Wake Forest Baptist’s International Travel Clinic or the CDC website.
- Prevent the spread of germs by covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the tissue after use.
- Wash hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid close contact with sick people and try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Signs and symptoms of flu can include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aching, headaches, chills and fatigue. People may also experience vomiting and diarrhea.
See your doctor if you experience these symptoms or would like more information on vaccinations and immunizations.
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