Thank you CVS Minute Clinic for sponsoring our conversation about the Flu.
It’s almost Halloween and there are ghosts and goblins on every street corner, fake spiderwebs on bushes, and kids are getting ready to go trick or treating. But for my family Halloween season also means it’s time for us to get our flu shots.
I know there are lots of opinions out there on whether or not you should get a flu shot, but in our family with myself and my boys having asthma flu season can get really scary really quickly.
So before all your cute vampires, ghosts, and likely a princess Elsa (or two) head out to celebrate the season… let’s talk Flu Season for a minute.
What is the “flu”, anyways?
The flu is a respiratory infection caused by a virus. It can develop very quickly and with flu, you always have a fever. Other common symptoms include headache, sore throat, dry cough, stuffy or runny nose and muscle aches (ugh).
When is “flu season?”
The timing, severity and length of the annual flu season varies from one season to another, but outbreaks can begin as early as October, and tends to peak around January or later.
How serious is it?
Certain people are at greater risk for complications with the flu, including seniors, young children, pregnant women and those with certain health conditions like asthma or diabetes. A misdiagnosed flu can lead to complications, so if you are unsure if it’s the flu or a cold, see your doctor or MinuteClinic practitioner.
For how long is it contagious?
The flu can be passed on even before someone realizes they’re sick, since most healthy adults can infect others 1 day before and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. Children or those with weakened immune systems, that period is even longer.
How can I protect my family?
The best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccination, but you can also make sure you are following these daily tips!
- Wash your hands with soap and water often, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, and discard of the tissue in the trash. Sneeze into your sleeve if a tissue is not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, as germs can spread easily that way.
- Avoid contact with those who are sick. Flu is thought to be mainly spread from person-to-person contact (coughing and sneezing doesn’t help!).
- If you’re sick, stay home from school or work to keep others from getting infected.
- Eat healthy foods.
- Drink lots of water every day.
- Exercise! Aim for 30 minutes of movement everyday.
- Take a multivitamin.
- Get 8 hours of sleep a night!
Did you know…
MinuteClinic vaccinates patients 18 months and older. If you have a child between 6 and 18 months, they should receive their vaccination from a pediatrician.
Will it be covered by insurance? Health insurance plans, including Medicare Part B, typically cover the full cost of a flu shot, and MinuteClinic accepts most insurance! We also accept cash payment. And…BONUS! Customers will receive a 20% off CVS/pharmacy Shopping pass when they get a flu shot at CVS/pharmacy or MinuteClinic.
How do you stay healthy during flu season?
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