Argh! Cold and Flu Season, Again


Anela, our Community Relations Manager at Support For Home, reminds us that it is “that time of year again”:

No, not the holidays filled with shopping and parties; cold and flu season.  We all know it’s here.  Co-workers or family members have been sick; you are trying your best to keep from getting sick and those of us who aren’t sick keep hoping that we do not.

Flu

We try our best to keep from becoming ill and some of us get our annual flu shot from our healthcare provider.  Now we also get the pneumonia shot and shingles vaccine.  However, it is still important to understand the differences between these illnesses during this cold and flu season that lasts through the winter.  The CDC has listed the following as the difference between a cold and flu:

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

Whether you work for Support For Home® or with the elderly in some other way, we all have a responsibility to prevent the spread of a cold or flu.   We are all entrusted with the care of our clients, residents or loved ones.   This trust also means making sure that we take the proper precautions during this time of the year.  According to www.flu.gov, “each flu season, nearly 111 million workdays are lost due to the flu. That equals approximately $7 billion per year in sick days and lost productivity.“ You can get more facts and information about the flu by visiting that Website.  It includes prevention tips, vaccine information and how to properly care for a loved one(s) at home with the flu.

If you have a cold or flu we all need to make sure that:

1)      You get your flu shot/vaccine

2)      When you experience symptoms – stay home

3)      Under the supervision of a health care professional take medication to relieve symptoms

4)      Follow up with your health care professional if you are not improving

We all can — and need to — prevent the spread of the cold or flu.

Best wishes. Anela

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