Flu season isn’t over, folks — it is still with us, according to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). Even though it’s spring, the CDC says to remain vigilant and protect yourself.
Flu season 2019 has now lasted for 21 weeks; the longest duration in the last ten years. According to Dr. Tania Elliot at the New York University School of Medicine, it is very important to still maintain all standard flu precautions. Indeed, flu season can continue through May and even longer.
In addition, if you have not yet gotten a flu shot this season, then seriously consider getting one now. It is not too late. This is especially true if you live in a State that is still reporting high to moderate flu activity. Don’t gloss over this, as according to Dr. Elliot, there still exists a high risk for people who are not vaccinated. This late in the season, it might be a bit difficult to find the vaccine as drug companies are running low on supplies. But, keep at it.
Rhode Island, Arizona, Missouri, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Kentucky are all experiencing moderate to high flu activity.
Flu: Take Precautions
You should take the same precautionary steps you took all winter to to minimize your risk. For example, wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
Avoid contact with people who are sick. Avoid sharing utensils and drinks with others. Stay home when sick.
Minimize your touching of communal things; such as stairway rails, subway poles, and water fountains. Avoid touching your face and mouth. Get proper sleep and stay hydrated.
And remember, if you took a shot at the beginning of the season, there is no need to get another one. The shots last for one year. In fact, getting a second flu shot at this time might actually be detrimental, according to the CDC.
It can actually blunt the immune system response and make the shot less effective.