Its official Flu season ughh

Flu shot yay or nay?

Before you step out to do your daily routine its imperative that you think twice about remedies you can carry in your purse or pocket that can keep germs at bay. Flu season is in full effect in this early part of 2012 and one we don’t want is the Fullicious Gems being sick and stuck in the bed. I mean come on how happy and lively can you be laying in the bed with a bug for a week? Well on the front end here are a few ideas that may help you sustain your healthiness during this time of the year. Carry a hand sanitizer on you if your out in public alot and constantly touching on contaminated doorknobs,counters or railings yeah we all touch those often in public. Even pushing a button on an elevator is unclean. If you can keep a small aerosal can of disinfectant spray at your desk or home wow! it helps clear stale and congested air out. Also, try to avoid tight and boxed in places that have poor room circulation with alot of people inside because; if a bug or virus is airborne and many are breathing in each others air you have more chances of catching it. Now everybody knows to cover your hands when you cough but another good idea is when you hear or see someone cough still cover you nose and mouth to protect yourself. In any event if the virus hits ya best have a gameplan ready get lots of rest and most importantly STAY HYDRATED!!!! Gatorade or an electrolyte suppliment will work fine. Many fall ill worse with the flu from dehydration from diarrhea and vomiting. Noted below are some more tips and information on the flu. Naturally Fullicious is not a medical provider to give out 100% medical advice so please seek or consult a physician before you decide to self treat yourself always first.

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The flu virus tends to spread from October to May, with most cases occurring in January or February. Vaccinations can be given at any time during the flu season — even getting a vaccination later in the season (December through March) can still help protect you from influenza.

Influenza, or “the flu,” is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract (nose, throat and lungs). The flu is often confused with the common cold, but flu symptoms tend to develop quickly (usually 1 to 4 days after a person is exposed to the flu virus) and are usually more severe than the typical sneezing and congestion associated with a cold.

Influenza is often accompanied with:
•Fever
•Headache
•Extreme tiredness
•Dry cough
•Sore throat
•Runny or stuffy nose
•Muscle aches
•Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are also common symptoms in children.

A person infected with the flu virus will typically suffer from the illness for approximately 7 to 10 days, with 5 to 6 days of limited activity and about 3 days of bed rest. When that average is applied nationwide, the flu and its complications lead to more than 200,000 hospital stays per year and tens of thousands of deaths (primarily in the elderly).

Each year, between 10 and 20 percent of the U.S. population is infected with the virus. Sometimes, the flu season can be more severe when a major circulating strain of influenza does not match any of the strains selected by world health organizations for the vaccine formulations – this is called a vaccine mismatch.

An annual flu vaccination can help prevent the spread of influenza between individuals and may help save lives of those most susceptible of having severe and fatal complications from the flu.

How Serious is the Flu in Children?

Children have the highest chance of getting sick from the flu and often spread the germs throughout their communities. During bad flu seasons, about 30 percent of school-aged children get sick. Even though vaccinations help cut down on flu-related missed school days by 47 to 56 percent, not enough children are vaccinated annually against the illness. As a result, children sick with the flu miss about 38 million school days every year. Consider these other facts:
•Influenza is one of the leading causes of infectious disease hospitalizations among young children. Approximately 20,000 children under the age of five are hospitalized due to the flu each year. Infants and toddlers are hospitalized as a result of influenza at rates similar to elderly people and at higher rates than people of all other ages.
•On average, nearly 100 children die in the United States from influenza and its complications every year.

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