Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few weeks, you’ve heard all the commotion around coronavirus. With epidemics like this happening more and more often, the researchers of other viral infections need to be on top of their game! Flu season is already upon us with the peak just right around the corner. Some sources even stated that the US might be “gearing up for one of the worst flu seasons in years.”
Flu Prevention Tips
Wash your hands! – You touch so many things throughout the day that could contain any number of unknown germs. Don’t overdo it but washing your hands regularly could help decrease your chances of contracting or spreading the deadly virus.
Cover your sneeze or cough! – If you’ve ever seen someone straight-up spray sneeze, you know what we’re talking about. The last thing you want to do is spray some innocent non-suspecting stranger with your germs or any germs you’ve come in contact with. Covering with the inside of the elbow is the best way to prevent this!
Get your flu shot! – While the flu shot isn’t perfect, it does help! Recent studies have shown that a flu shot can reduce your chances of catching the flu by about 40%-60%. The real goal here is to prevent the disease from spreading to the elderly, sick, and young, so play your part!
Sometimes the flu isn’t always preventable, and you may be one of the unlucky members of society to catch that sneaky strain. While there is no cure for the flu, there are ways to treat it and hopefully shorten the amount of time you’re sick.
Antiviral drugs – Antiviral drugs can be prescribed by your primary care physician and have been proven to lessen symptoms and shorten your sick time by about 1 or 2 days. It may not sound like much, but this could mean the difference between a milder or more severe illness that could require a hospital stay.
Over-the-counter meds and rest at home – Fever relievers, decongestants, cough drops, and a glass of warm tea could be a real lifesaver in the peak of your flu battle. Also, make sure to get plenty of rest and stay away from others to prevent the disease from spreading. It usually takes about 7-14 days to get over the flu fully, but at least be fever free for 24-48 hours before emerging from your flu cave!
Research options! – Since there is no cure for the flu and the virus is continually mutating, it is vital for us researchers to stay on top of our game! Participating in a research study could provide access to study medication at no cost, no insurance required. You may even get paid for it! And as always, you’re helping to advance treatment options for the future.
Centex Studies is currently running flu research studies at each of our locations. If you or a loved one are 18 years or older and started experiencing flu-like symptoms in the last 48 hours, you may qualify to participate. Call us today at 281-918-0048 for your same-day appointment or sign up for a call back here.