Tuesday, December 7, 2010

CDC recommends flu vaccinations

“Christmas sales are in full swing and flu season is starting to pick up,” emphasized a CNN report yesterday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over 6 months get vaccinated.

If you get sick, the CDC website is a great resource for measures you can take. You can view their information about antiviral drugs here.

Preventing the flu is especially important for kids and the elderly. Some tips you can implement right away are listed below:

-         Don’t leave the house if you are sick.
o       Read this interesting NY Times article on the benefits of staying home when you feel like pushing yourself.
-         Get vaccinated
o       “This is the first flu season in which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  is recommending that most everyone older than 6 months of age get a flu vaccine.” – CNN, Dr. Gupta’s Blog
-         Wash your hands frequently, especially after you come into contact with others
o       Read Mayo Clinic’s “Do’s and Don’ts “ of hand washing.
-         Get adequate rest for immune system help
o       Part of staying healthy is getting rest and plenty of hydration.

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