If you have turned on the TV at any point in the past few weeks, the flu is making the news…the flu epidemic. Right now, the current flu is being known as one of the worst years for flu that we have seen in a while. In fact, this season is looking to be as bad as the H1N1 scare that happened in 2009. Schools throughout several states in the US are closing down to students not being present for classes from the flu, businesses are having more and more employees take advantage of their sick days, and doctors are having more patients in their waiting rooms.

How Can You Protect Yourself from the Flu Epidemic?

There are several ways that doctors are recommending people utilize to protect themselves. These ways include:

  • Get the Flu Vaccine: While it may not be as effective as it was in past years, doctors are still saying that it is worth taking. And while, this is not the traditional time frame for getting the vaccine, many doctors are stating that if you have yet to get this, do so now.
  • Proper Hygiene is a Must: Be sure to wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing to help stop the spread of germs, and wash down those surfaces that come in contact with, such as shopping carts, with antibacterial wipes.
  • If you do get sick, stay home! Do not help the spread of flu. Instead, opt to stay home.

What To Do If You Get The Flu?

If you do get the flu, then you need to take care of yourself. This years flu has been extremely hard on the young and elderly. And it has caused more deaths this flu season than the last two combined. Here are a few tips to ensure that you get better from the flu:

  1. Get plenty of rest. Rest is what your body needs to help build back up your strength.
  2. Eat healthy! Avoid sugars and other types of junk food as this can make the flu stick around even longer.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  4. Use over the counter pain medications for the soreness that you may be feeling.
  5. Consider increasing your Vitamin C for the time being to help your immune system get back on track.
  6. Be sure to visit your doctor for a positive confirmation of flu or to know if you are dealing with something else.

According to the CDC, 48 states are still reporting widespread flu activity. For those who have yet to catch the flu, with the time of year, they often think they are out of the scope of catching this. However, this  years flu is much different…you can still catch the flu, despite this being February. Take precautions, and if you do end up being sick, take care of yourself.