It’s Flu Season Again, Are You Ready?
As I lay in bed trying to recover from the flu that morphed into bronchitis, the only thing that is on my mind is the flu that put me here. Having a pity party for one, I decided that the best way to get back at the flu for making me so sick was to help others fight against it!
First, let me start by saying that I did get my flu shot. I hate being sick, but what I hate even more than being sick is being stuck in bed. It seriously pains me to have to lay in bed with nothing to do. I am not one who can sit still. The flu shot was supposed to be by insurance, but like with most insurance companies, it didn’t pay off.
Although the 2019 flu season is supposed to be milder than last years, it is still out there, ready to take hold of you. I have always known there is a possibility of still getting the flu even after having the vaccine, but with my rose-colored glasses firmly in place, I was convinced I would escape it.
My husband who chose not to get the vaccine is convinced it is a racket. With my silent arrogance, I was sure he would be cursed with the flu while I have my quiet I told you so attitude while I revel in health. Well, let’s just say that he isn’t quiet about his need to tell someone they were wrong.
Although I have been making light of the flu, I know it is no laughing matter. Last year approximately 80,000 people died from the flu which included 180 children. And by how badly I have felt over the past almost two weeks, I am at a point where it is laugh or cry time. I am choosing not to let it get the best of me.
Although there may be some controversy over whether the flu shot actually works, the CDC says, recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine. If it doesn’t prevent it completely, chances are you will get a milder version of the flu.
You cannot be 100% protected against getting the flu, but there are certain steps you can take to help prevent it.
Get the flu vaccine- I have been lucky up until this year. This is the first time I got a full-blown case of the flu, so chances are good you won’t.
Wash your hands- I know I sound like your mother, but seriously. Washing your hands and using sanitizer may help with the spread of the germs.
Eat right and exercise- feeding your body with proper nutrients and getting exercise to help boost your immune system can go a long way in fighting the bug.
Get plenty of rest- Getting plenty of rest will not only help you to fight off the flu.
Although these tips may not prevent you from getting the flu, they will go a long way in helping you to fight it off. Now it is back to bed for me!