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Q: How can I prepare myself for flu season?

Posted September 11, 2013 in Advice Column, Norwalk

A: Put getting vaccinated at the top of your to-do list to protect yourself and get it out of the way. The flu vaccine is developed annually to cover the anticipated strains that may infect all of us. It should be available in the fall from your physician office, or some pharmacies also carries them.

Review the signs and symptoms of influenza as opposed to the “common cold.” An easy way to remember flu symptoms is the FACTS acronym: Fever, Aches, Chills, Tiredness and sudden Symptoms.

Proper hand-washing techniques go a long way, so review for yourself and with your family. Simple, but correct hand washing saves countless lives daily.

Have the usual home remedy supplies on hand such as medication to reduce fever and pain, rehydrating fluids and tissues. It is also not a bad idea if you’re a parent to hide away a special book or game in case your child develops the flu. It will keep him or her quiet and be a nice treat when he or she is sick.

Keep up with your local health news to find out what is going on around your local area.

Information provided by Tami Dickeson, Norwalk Nursing and Rehab, 921 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, 515-981-0604.

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