Flu Prevention Tips

With flu season comes headaches, sneezing, coughing and sniffling.

“One of the best ways to continue to protect yourself and children from serious and sometimes deadly diseases is vaccines. These vaccines can target both uncommon and common illnesses such as influenza,” said Meggan Goodpasture, MD, pediatrician at Wake Forest Baptist. “However, infections are still possible depending on the environment and when travelers or visitors from areas with disease outbreaks return to our country. Rigorous testing by the FDA and others is conducted to ensure a vaccine’s safety and efficacy before it is recommended for use.”

Goodpasture suggests the following flu prevention tips to fight viruses:

  • Everyone 6 months or older, pregnant, a caretaker of someone who is vulnerable to the flu and those who are at high risk should receive an annual flu vaccine that will protect against the 3 most common viruses (influenza AH3N2, influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus).
  • Keep in mind that some vaccinations are required for school and travel. If unsure about required immunizations when traveling, visit Wake Forest Baptist’s International Travel Clinic or the CDC website.
  • Prevent the spread of germs by covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the tissue after use.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people and try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.

Signs and symptoms of flu can include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. People may also experience vomiting and diarrhea.

See your doctor if you experience these symptoms or would like more information on flu prevention, vaccinations and immunizations.