Written by Stacey Kelleher. Reviewed by Dr. Ryan Blackman, DO, FAAP..
Every year, the odds of getting the flu are between 5-20%. While most people are mildly affected for about 5-7 days, flu complications can be especially dangerous for children under 5, adults over 65, pregnant women, recent mothers, and individuals with compromised systems.
We hope that these simple flu prevention tips can help boost your immune system, limit your exposure, and keep others healthy.
Common Flu Symptoms
Early flu symptoms often feel like those of a common cold:
- Chills and sweats
- Dry cough
- Fever above 100.4ºF
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- Weakness and fatigue
If you have underlying health conditions – or are at risk of developing serious health complications – early medical care may help shorten the duration of the flu and prevent more serious health problems like pneumonia and bronchitis.
“Is It the Flu or COVID-19?”
Many flu and COVID-19 symptoms present in the same way, so it can be difficult to tell the difference without getting tested first. Also, it's possible to have the flu and COVID-19 infections simultaneously. This could greatly impact your immune system and create a host of serious symptoms.
Note: Because COVID-19 is much more infectious, don’t go straight to a hospital or doctor’s office. If you suspect that you’re ill, contact your doctor or call a COVID-19 hotline to determine how to proceed.
Why Do Viruses Spread Faster During Colder Months?
Our immune systems handle a lot: adapting to the harmless germs we come into contact with and attacking the not-so-friendly bacteria and viruses. But when your immune system is compromised, your body struggles to fight off these bad germs.
Cold winter weather is just one reason why your immune system might be compromised. Others include:
- More time spent indoors with poor ventilation
- Less exposure to Vitamin D and its immune-boosting benefits
- Dry winter air (which makes flu germs more active and resilient)
Simple Tips for Avoiding the Flu
To stay healthy this winter, there are a number of simple recommendations to practice:
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- Get your flu shot. Though it isn't 100% effective, it can lessen the severity of your symptoms.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you believe you’re sick.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently throughout the day.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose without first washing your hands.
- If soap and water aren't available, use hand sanitizer correctly.
- Consider wearing a mask indoors.
Should I Wear a Mask During Flu Season?
While certain face masks can offer protection to the wearer, most are intended to prevent the spread of your infected respiratory droplets to others. If everyone is compliant indoors, the virus is far less likely to spread.
According to Dr. Michael J. Ryan, Executive Director of the Health Emergency Program at the World Health Organization: “There are limits to how a mask can protect you from being infected. The most important thing everyone can do is wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face, and observe very precise hygiene.”
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