Winter will soon be here and with that comes flu season. Influenza – or the flu – can include symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, mild to severe body aches, and headache. While the flu can be serious even in people that are otherwise healthy, it can be especially harmful for young children and people who have long term health conditions. The flu is an airborne virus and can also be transmitted by touching infected surfaces or objects and then touching your mouth or nose.
The flu vaccine is safe and is the most effective way to protect you and your family from the flu. Studies have found that the flu vaccine can prevent up to 80% of influenza in healthy adults and children. It is now available as a shot or a nasal spray at Orchard Remedy’s Rx Pharmacy in Kelowna.
1. Get your flu vaccination earlier in the season. It takes a couple weeks to achieve full immunity. Orchard Remedy’s Rx Pharmacists can administer the flu vaccine here in Kelowna.
2. Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
3. Stay away from people who are sick. If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home. If your child is sick, try to keep him or her in a separate room from others in the household.
4. Contain your coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. No tissue handy? Cough or sneeze into your elbow to keep the virus from spreading through the air and other surfaces. 5. Limit the spread of germs. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Keep surfaces like tables, toys and countertops clean by wiping them down with household disinfectant.
If you do get the flu, call your Orchard Remedy’s Rx pharmacist in Kelowna about medications you can take to relieve the symptoms. As well, take steps to decrease spreading the flu to others and get some rest.
Speak to your Orchard Remedy’s Rx pharmacist in Kelowna for information about getting The Flu shot or for a comprehensive review of your current medications.