by Gina Montgomery
Flu Season is Here!
Flu season is in full swing, and you know what that means: coughing sore muscles, sniffling, congestion and much more. Within the last month, multiple kids in the throughout the Lisbon Community School district were out with the flu. Some of these cases may could have been prevented with some simple actions.
Some people don’t even know what the flu is. The flu is a common viral infection that can be deadly in high-risk situations. Here in Iowa, the flu is most common during the winter time when cold weather is about. If you want to be proactive and prevent this infection, then you should avoid close contact with sick people. So don’t be going around sharing water bottles or any other things with your best friend. Another easy way to prevent this sickness is covering your mouth or nose when you cough or sneeze, this isn’t just helping you, but others prevent the flu. Washing your hands and practicing other good health habits are also other ways to prevent the flu. If you see anyone going against these actions then you give them a friendly reminder to help prevent the flu throughout the community. Another action you can take is simply wiping down countertops or other materials in your home or classroom. A lot of germs are shared within the school and your home. You could disinfect door knobs, remotes, desk or tables, and anything other that you might think have a lot of germs.
Even if you practice all of these preventions there is still a chance that you can catch the flu. If you start to feel pain in your muscle or they start to ache, then you should be watching out for the infection. If you start to cough more than normal than you should also keep an eye out for the flu. Most people will mistake this symptom with a common cold, but during the winter you need to be extra careful when this symptom comes along. Other symptoms include chest discomfort, head congestion, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, sore throat, or swollen lymph nodes. If you think you have the flu then you should consult with your doctor right away.
The flu is treated primarily with rest and fluid to let the body fight the infection on its own. Over-the-counter anti inflammatory pay delivers ay help with symptoms. An annual vaccine can help prevent the flu and limits its complications. If you have the flu then make sure to avoid close contact with anyone so you don’t get anyone else sick. Also, if you are staying home then you also need to make sure to get your homework gathered up if you are missing school. All in all, make sure to prevent sharing germs, keep watch of symptoms, and if symptoms are found, then seek attention from your doctor.