Now that we are well into the start of the new year and the winter flu season, please make sure to consider the following simple steps (from the CDC website) to minimize the chances of acquiring the flu and of transmitting any infections to your family, friends and co-workers:
How do I know if I have the flu?
You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:
What should I do if I get sick?
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.
How long should I stay home if I’m sick?
The CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other things you have to do and no one else can do for you. Use a fever reducer if necessary. You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.
Here’s wishing you great health in the new year!
by Jamey Wallace, ND, Chief Medical Officer, Bastyr Center for Natural Health