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The Hidden Risks from the Flu

Did you know that having a bout of the flu can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke for months after? Older people are especially susceptible to experiencing serious complications from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone age 65 and older get an annual flu vaccine. Visit the CDC’s website for more information on flu prevention.

It’s That Time of Year…the Flu is Here

Just because you haven’t gotten the flu this year doesn’t mean you are out of the woods yet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that flu activity is prevalent in 35 states. So how can you protect yourself? The CDC recommends everyone take some common sense steps to prevent contracting or spreading the flu. It is recommended that most people over 6 months old get a flu vaccination. You can visit the CDC’s website for specific recommendations. Washing your hands frequently can help keep you from getting sick and spreading germs to others. Certain individuals are at higher risk for complications from the flu. Those with existing health conditions and the very young and the elderly fall into this high-risk category and should take caution when it comes to this virus. If you think you may have the flu, see your doctor as soon as possible to get tested. There are anti-viral medications that can be prescribed to help shorten the duration or prevent the flu if you’ve been exposed. For more information on the flu and flu prevention, visit the CDC’s website.