Flu season is nearly upon us, and that means it’s time to think about getting vaccinated.
At NuCara, we’re doing our best to increase the number of flu shots available to our customers this year. We’ve recently teamed up with A Million More, a national health initiative, to help our communities improve their health. We hope to help with A Million More’s mission to provide a million more people with a flu vaccine this year.
If you have questions about the flu and vaccination, we’ve answered a few of the most frequently asked ones here:
What are common flu symptoms?
Common symptoms include a sore throat, coughing, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, fever, runny nose, chills, dizziness and extreme fatigue.
Who is at highest risk for contracting the virus?
While everyone is at risk of getting the flu, young children, seniors, pregnant women, and those already experiencing health complications are at the highest risk for contracting the virus and experiencing the worse side effects.
Who can/can’t get receive the vaccination?
Different shots are approved for different people. Many (but not all shots) are offered to anyone older than six months, but some are not approved for children under the age of six or pregnant women.
Is a shot the only form of vaccination?
Fortunately for needle-phobes, this year a vaccination is also available as a nasal spray, FluMist. Some of our local pharmacies carry it – stop in to see if your location does.
What else can I do to prevent the flu?
Though the shot is recommended as the best prevention, you can and should also avoid close contact with other sick people, eat and sleep well, and wash your hands frequently. Also be sure to avoid spreading germs by covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and staying home if you are already sick and contagious.
How can I treat the flu if I’ve already caught it?
Get plenty of rest and sleep, and drink plenty of clear liquids to stay hydrated. Over-the-counter medications can provide relief for common symptoms. Consult a doctor who can provide you with proper medication and treatment for more severe symptoms.
Stay healthy this season and become one of the million more people we provide with a vaccination this year.