This fall, COVID-19 and the flu will circulate in the United States at the same time. Wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing are measures you can take that will help protect you from both COVID-19 and the flu. Don’t let this year’s flu season catch you by surprise. Here’s what you need to know about the flu and how to prepare this fall.
What is Influenza?
Influenza (flu) is a viral respiratory infection that affects millions of people each year. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Common signs and symptoms of influenza include:
- Cough and sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when a person with influenza coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. You may notice these sounds similar to how COVID-19 spreads. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure and asthma.
Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Flu
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. However, good health habits, such as avoiding people who are sick and washing your hands often, can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. Here are a few healthy habits you can practice to avoid contracting the flu:
Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick during flu season. When you are sick, it is important to stay home and stay away from others so you can protect them from getting sick too.
Cover your mouth and nose
Whether you are sick or not, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. This may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu and other serious respiratory illnesses, such as whooping cough and COVID-19, are spread by cough, sneezing or unclean hands.
Wash your hands
Personal contact like handshakes or touching contaminated surfaces, such as doorknobs, can cause germs to accumulate on your hands and transfer to your eyes, nose and mouth. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Germs spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth. By washing your hands often and avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, you have a better chance of protecting yourself during flu season.
Visit Garcia Centers for an Engystol Immune Booster Injection
Engystol is an immunomodulating medication that has been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the duration and severity of symptoms during an acute viral infection and help protect from subsequent infections. The aim of Engystol is to activate and support the body’s endogenous defense mechanisms to:
- Strengthen the natural immune response in cases of viral invasion, resulting in milder symptoms and shorter recovery times
- Protect against subsequent infections
Benefits of Engystol Immune Booster Injection
A few benefits of Engystol include:
- May be used for both treatment and prevention of various viral infections
- Stimulates the non-specific and specific immune system
- Safe for the entire family
- No known side effects
- Very well-tolerated
- May be combined with other natural or conventional immunostimulating therapies
To learn more about our Engystol Immune Booster Injection, call your local Garcia Center or visit our website here.
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