Summer is over and time to prepare for flu season. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says vaccine effectiveness depends on who is getting flu shots. Two factors play a significant role in protection from the flu vaccine. One characteristic is a persons age and health and the other is whether the flu shot ingredients “match” the flu virus it is protecting against and how it is spreading in the community.
How else can I protect against the flu?
The CDC says, getting a flu vaccine each year is the best way to prevent the flu; however, antiviral drugs are an important second line of defense against the flu, which are prescribed by a doctor. Also, good health habits, such as covering your cough and frequently washing your hands with soap, can help prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses.
CDC: Flu Vaccine Not as Effective Against New Strain
Getting the flu shot may not be enough to keep you and your family healthy this holiday season. The CDC is warning the vaccine is not working as well against a new strain wreaking havoc on immune systems across the country.
Prepare a flu box before you get sick
Prepare a box full of items needed to comfort you or your loved ones when the flu strikes. You will need most of the following items:
- A box of tissues.
- DayQuil for daytime symptoms and NyQuil for nighttime symptoms.
- A bottle of crystallized ginger for homemade ginger tea.
- Dissolve a couple of ginger crystals inside your cheek and allow to dissolve slowly.
- If using actual ginger it has a stronger bite to it, so crystallized may be a better option for the sick.
- An unopened bottle of ginger ale for nausea. You can substitute clear pop like 7-up or Sprite if you like.
- A jar of honey for coughs and sore throat. Do not give to babies their bodies can’t digest it at a young age.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Peppermint candies are good for soothing throats and helping control nausea.
- Peppermint and/or eucalyptus essential oils in a humidifier.
- Bottle of acetaminophen and Ibuprofen to alternate to control high fever.
- Disposable gloves.
- Mask to avoid getting the flu from family members.
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