Healthy For The Holidays
Protect Your Crew, Don't Get the Flu
It’s important to stay knowledgeable on risks, preventive measures, and more. Getting your annual flu shot can help prevent you from getting down and out this flu season.
November 21, 2023
What is the flu?
The flu (influenza) is a type of infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu is contagious and can be spread to others. Some cases can be mild while others can be severe. If you feel that you may have the flu, let your doctor or Somatus care team know right away.
Who is at risk for the flu?
- Adults ages 65 or older, pregnant women, young children.
- Residents of a nursing home or assisted living facility.
- People with weakened immune systems.
- People with health conditions such as asthma, heart disease, liver or kidney disease, and diabetes.
- People who are overweight or obese.
Signs and symptoms of the flu
The flu can start out like a “cold.” Some may experience runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat. Colds usually develop slowly, while the flu can come on suddenly. Many people feel worse with the flu than a cold.
Common flu symptoms include:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Sore throat
- Dry cough
- Body aches
- Shortness of breath
- Eye pain
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Chills and sweats
How do I treat the flu?
Rest and drinking plenty of fluids are usually enough to treat the flu. In some cases, medications can be prescribed by your doctor to help with symptoms. Getting the flu vaccine can help prevent you from getting the flu. But, the vaccine does not protect you 100%.
Here are some things to do to help decrease your chances of getting the flu:
- Wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean surfaces regularly.
- Avoid crowds or being around anyone who is sick.
Click here to download our printable version of these flu educational facts.