|Flu Season Is Officially Over|
UPDATED May 31, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman
|The Centers for Disease Control has officially suspended its full influenza reports until autumn 2013. The Centers will still monitor flu activity through the summer months however, and those reports can be viewed here. |
Here are some flu facts:
A flu shot is still your best bet for keeping the flu at bay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone older than 6 months get immunized. This year`s flu shot is made from three flu viruses, one of which is new to this year`s vaccine. Remember: the flu shot cannot give you the flu, but some side effects are possible, including a runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, and mild fever.
Due to certain health restrictions, not everyone is eligible to receive the flu shot. For those of you who are not able to get a flu shot, there are other things you can do to minimize your risk for contracting the flu:
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Avoid exposing others when you are sick. Stay home from work or school if you are exhibiting symptoms.
- Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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