Flu season is underway in Colorado and is expected to last into February. Over 100 people have been hospitalized for the flu in Colorado in just the past few weeks. Last year almost 1800 people were hospitalized due to the flu. The single best way to protect yourself from the flu is by getting vaccinated. It takes about two weeks after getting the vaccination to build the antibodies needed to protect you. The CDC recommends everyone over the age of six months receive a flu vaccine. People at high risk of serious complications from seasonal influenza include people 65 years and older, children younger than 5, pregnant women and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions. Flu season typically peaks in January after holiday celebrations. You are reminded that its still not to late to get your flu shot.
During holiday get-togethers, remember to take everyday actions that stop germs from spreading:
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.