As flu season approaches, the CDC is predicting this will be one of the worst flu epidemics in years. Doctors are advocating heavily that everyone should get there flu shots to prevent the influenza from spreading even more than it has been in recent months. The flu is spreading massively throughout the U.S, and H3N2 is dominating all across the nation. Although it may seem like we are invincible to flu, it is always safe to get the shot. Creating a vaccination that matches the same flu strains that will eventually circulate can sometimes be hard for doctors to predict. Recent cases of this flu season have been very severe; including, hospitalizations and have even lead to some cases of death. The shot is predicted to be 30% effective this year. Doctors rest there case, that some protection is better than none,
Here are some great ways to protect yourself against the flu after receiving the shot:
Wash your hands often, germs can spread easily, and washing your hands for 20 seconds throughout the day when you get the chance can prevent against germ transfer.
Dry air helps the flu virus live longer, using a humidifier while you sleep is a great way to prevent this.
Lastly, avoid touching or rubbing your eyes or nose. This will help prevent the chance of any virus transferring from your hands to other parts of your body that are heavily vulnerable.