Cold and Flu Season Facts and Tips

Typically the cold and flu season is in the months of January and February but can begin as early as October.  The influenza (Flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses.  The flu is different from a cold, it usually comes on quickly.  Flu symptoms do not change much from year to year and they include:

  • Fever/Chills (not everyone will have a fever)
  • Body Aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose
  • Cough
  • Exhaustion
  • Congestion
  • Headache

The best protection against the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year (shot or nasal).

Antiviral medications are a good option, such as Tamiflu or Relenza, if you are unable to get a flu shot.

4 good ways to prevent the flu:

  1. Wash Your Hands Frequently
  2. Flu Vaccines
  3. Staying Healthy Around Others
  4. When You Can’t Wash Your Hands – carry hand sanitizer

Whether the reason is pride or a hectic work schedule, a lot of Americans go to work sick.  Around 60% of sick people go to work anyway and risk the health of those around them.  Germs can spread throughout your workplace and elsewhere when a person touches a place that has been contaminated by a sick person.

We can all make a difference just by staying home when we are sick to avoid passing around germs and infecting others.  It is suggested staying home for 24 hours after your fever breaks before returning to work.

Do you have health insurance to cover medical expenses if you get the flu?  Our agents are happy to provide you with quotes and answer any questions you may have.