Can you get the flu in August? Sounds far-fetched, right — but the answer is — definitely yes!
Of course, you should be surprised, since the flu season goes from October through May. But, nevertheless, flu-like symptoms (sore throat, cough) can creep up literally whenever they feel like it.
The CDC also confirms that flu viruses are detected year-round, so it’s possible to get it as late as August. Symptoms of the flu include: fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, muscle weakness, headaches, and fatigue, which can last anywhere from three to seven days.
While most healthy individuals can overcome the illness with rest and letting the body fight the virus, it can be dangerous for senior citizens.
Get The Flu: Ways To Prevent It
Here are things you can do to lessen your risk for getting the flu right now. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap several times a day. Avoid any contact with people who are sick. Definitely void sharing utensils and drinks with other people.
Also, be aware that touching communal things, such as stairway rails, subway poles, and water fountains — can harbor germs. These germs can stick around for up to forty-eight hours. Get a proper amount of sleep, which is about 7 hours every night. And, stay hydrated. Hydration is very important. Doctors recommend 6-8 glasses, eight ounces each per day.
You should also arrange to get the flu shot this year about two weeks before the actual start of the next flu season starts — in October. Therefore schedule an appointment with your doctor right now.
This’ years shot will be about the same as last year’s, according to The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) .
The shot together with good hygiene should give you the protection you need this winter. Although shots are not 100% effective, they are still a good enough defense — especially for senior’s who have a weakened immune system.
Schedule your appointment as soon as possible.