Influenza (flu) season is right around the corner and now is the time to get ready. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 40 million Americans get the flu each year—that’s more than 1 in every 10 people! The good news is there are many things you can do to help avoid the flu. 
Flu is a contagious viral respiratory illness. It causes mild to severe symptoms in all ages. Usually, the flu starts with sudden onset of cough and fever and lasts about one week. Serious illness can result in complications including hospitalization or death. People at highest risk of flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease, and people 65 years and older.
How to fight the spread of flu:
First, get your flu shot. An annual flu shot is the best way to decrease the chances that you will get the flu and spread it to others. The CDC recommends that EVERYONE 6 months and older get a flu shot. When more people get their flu shot, less flu spreads through the community. Your pharmacist or physician can help you decide which type of flu shot is right for you.
Next, take preventative actions to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands often with soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Try to avoid close contact with sick people and limit contact with others if you are sick. Clean and disinfect surfaces that might be contaminated.
Finally, ensure that your immune system is healthy and strong. Vitamin D is an important factor in immune system health. Studies have found that people with low vitamin D levels may have an increased risk of developing influenza. Supplementing your body with Vitamin D during the winter months supports your immune system and may lower your risk of getting the flu.
Dripping Springs Pharmacy can help keep you well this flu season. Get started by stopping by for your flu shot today!
Jillian Blackwell
Pharm D