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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

PBS News Hour: 4 Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu Season

While getting the flu shot can help reduce your risk of getting sick, it does not guarantee protection against influenza. Over the past decade, the flu shot’s overall vaccine effectiveness (VE) rating has ranged from 19 to 60 percent, and each year millions of Americans still choose not to get vaccinated.

With these concerns in mind, it is a good idea to take precautions during the flu season. Here are four tips from a recent article published by PBS News Hour:

Tip #1: “Get your flu vaccine.”

As explained in the article, “the [flu] vaccine should be administered in October to get maximum protection as the season begins. That said, it is never too late in the season to get the flu vaccine.” While the flu shot is generally considered safe for most people, there are certain health conditions that can make it unsafe to get vaccinated. Parents and other adults who have questions about immunization against influenza should talk to their doctors before getting the annual flu shot.

Tip #2: “Wash your hands. A lot.”

The flu is contagious, and germs can spread through touch. As a result, the article recommends, “[a]fter your child returns home from school or a play date, steer them directly to the bathroom to wash their hands before touching anything in the house.” Adults should regularly wash their hands during flu season as well. Wash thoroughly every time, and consider replacing your hand soap once flu season ends.

Tip #3: “Avoid people who are coughing and sneezing.”

According to the article, “[d]uring flu season, there’s no shame in giving a friendly wave instead of a high-five.” Although it is simply impractical to entirely avoid others who may be sick, doing your best to keep your distance from individuals who are exhibiting symptoms might help reduce your risk of contracting the flu. On the same token, if you or your child has a fever, it might be best to stay home in order to avoid giving the flu to someone else.

Tip#4: “Feel sick? Pick up an antiviral medication.”

The flu is a virus; so, as the article explains, “antibiotics are of no use.” If you are starting to feel symptoms, taking an antiviral medication promptly could lessen the severity of your illness. However, as with all medications, you should consult with your physician before taking an antiviral drug such as Tamiflu to make sure it is safe for you to do so.

How do you keep yourself and your family healthy during flu season? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Vaccine Lawyer for Individuals and Families Coping with Flu Shot Injuries

While the flu vaccine is safe for most people, flu shot recipients can experience various vaccine-related illnesses and injuries. If you need help recovering from a shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) or any other vaccine-related medical condition, call us at 202-800-1711 or contact us online for a free consultation about your legal rights under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

Leah Durant Bio

Experienced litigation attorney Leah Durant focuses on representing clients in complex vaccine litigation matters. Leah Durant is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, a litigation firm based in Washington, DC. Leah Durant and her staff represent clients and their families who suffer from vaccine-related injuries, adverse vaccine reactions and vaccine-related deaths. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is dedicated to assisting individuals in recovering the highest level of compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact vaccine attorney Leah Durant today.

 


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