Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio —
Aren’t you worried about catching the flu? We are all at risk of getting the flu and spreading it. Learn how to fight the flu – it starts with you!
What is influenza?
Influenza is a viral infection that attacks the respiratory system (nose, throat, lungs). Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is distinct from the stomach “flu” virus, which causes diarrhea and vomiting.
How does influenza spread?
The flu virus travels through the air as droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. You can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth by breathing in droplets directly or by picking up germs from objects such as doorknobs and tables.
What are the symptoms of flu?
Common signs and symptoms of influenza include:
- ・My body hurts
- – chills and sweats
- -sore throat
- ・Runny nose or stuffy nose
- -extreme fatigue
- -eye pain
Most people who get the flu recover completely within a week or two, but some develop serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications, such as pneumonia.
What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
Both the common cold and the flu are contagious viral infections of the respiratory tract. The symptoms may be similar, but the flu is much worse. Colds usually develop slowly, whereas the flu tends to develop suddenly. Influenza can cause a fever for several days, body aches, fatigue, malaise, and other symptoms that rarely occur with a simple cold.
Why should I get the flu vaccination?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends annual vaccination for everyone 6 months and older as the best way to prevent influenza.
“While flu vaccines cannot prevent 100% of getting the flu, they can shorten the duration of the illness and reduce the severity of the illness and the likelihood of hospitalization,” said Michael Renkas of AFMC Command Public Health. said the lieutenant colonel. board member. “It can take days or weeks for the body to elicit a broader immune response from a flu vaccine to be truly effective.”
Renkas advises individuals to get their flu shot well in advance of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to protect themselves, their families and colleagues when they return to work.
Can influenza vaccination cause influenza?
You can’t “give” flu because flu shots are made from dead viruses. However, because the vaccine can trigger the body’s immune response, mild symptoms such as muscle aches and mild fevers may occur.
Where can I get the flu vaccine?
Influenza vaccination is mandatory for all military personnel and is available from each facility’s medical group or from participating TRICARE pharmacies. TRICARE recipients can also get a flu shot at the base immunization clinic and free at any TRICARE-eligible pharmacy. For private workers, all federal employee health benefit plans cover a member’s free flu vaccination, available at your local retail pharmacy.Find out where to find your flu vaccine at vacces.gov. can do.
Go to: https://www.vaccines.gov/
- – Select “Find flu vaccine” at the top of the page
- – Enter your 5-digit zip code
- – Check “Vaccine Options”
- – Select “Find Flu Vaccine” to find your desired location
[Click on the location for further details and contact information]
What are some healthy daily habits that can help prevent the flu?
1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Bacteria can be spread when a person touches a contaminated object or touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. It may prevent people around you from getting sick. Influenza viruses are spread primarily through droplets made by flu patients when they cough, sneeze, or talk.
4. Avoid close contact with sick people. When you are sick, keep your distance from other people so they don’t get sick.
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects in your home or workplace that may be contaminated with the virus that causes the flu.
6. Avoid crowds. If you can limit contact with people during flu season, you can reduce the risk of transmission.
7. Strengthens the immune system. A strong immune system helps the body fight infections. Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night to boost your immune system. Also, he should maintain regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes three times a week. Additionally, follow a healthy and nutritious eating plan. Limit sugar, junk food, and fatty foods. Instead, eat a variety of fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants to promote good health.
For more information on flu prevention, visit USAFwellness.com or contact your local Public Health Promotion Services team. Comprehensive information about healthy habits to prevent influenza can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at cdc.gov.