Wash Away The Flu
Every year, individuals fear the flu epidemic that seizes America from October to May. For most individuals, it’s just a week of misery, but sometimes the seasonal flu can be much more lethal. It is estimated that the seasonal flu contributes to at least 3,000 yearly deaths to as many as 49,000 deaths a year. While not the main cause of death, the seasonal flu can open the door to a wide-variety of other illnesses, and perhaps even worse, the seasonal flu can you’re your current health conditions even worse. In many cases where the flu is involved, the individual’s actual cause of death is listed as pneumonia, congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. After a bout of the flu, individuals with these conditions often see a dramatic decline in their well-being. Rather than strike up a fear of the flu, it is important to think about methods of lowering an individual’s risk of contracting the flu itself.
Ways to Minimize the Risk of the Flu
Get vaccinated: Every year, doctors, physicians and scientists work to develop a well-rounded, hearty influenza vaccine adapted to the popular strains for that given year. This vaccine could mean the difference between one day of aches and pains and two full weeks of misery. People with a chronic lung disease may even say the vaccine is the difference between life and death. A quick trip to your doctor’s office or even your local pharmacy should be your first line of defense against the seasonal flu. For people who have gotten their vaccine, and want to continue to ward off the seasonal flu, there are more things you can do to fight the flu battle.
Wash your Hands: Your mother wasn’t kidding when she told you to always wash your hands after touching foreign objects, but she may have left out that you should also wash you hands after touching any common surface. Medical professionals believe that the flu virus is primarily spread through bodily fluid droplets created when people cough, sneeze, talk or wipe their face. These sprays can end up on another person’s mouth, nose or hands, which can infect them as well. Oftentimes, another person may get the flu by touching a surface that has the flu virus on it. It is estimated that the flu virus can survive two or more hours on an object or surface and still maintain its ability to infect others. Once somebody has touched a surface with the virus on it, the individual typically ends up touching their own eyes, nose or mouth, and infecting himself or herself. In many cases, washing your hands before and after touching a common surface could make it possible to stay flu-less. After all, clean hands make for a healthier world.
This week is Handwashing Awareness Week, and we want people to know how important washing you hands is to your health. Here at the Lung Institute, we pride ourselves on continually cleaning common surfaces, using hand sanitizer whenever we don’t have access to actual soap and water, and always working towards a happier and healthier environment.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a chronic lung disease, we know how scary flu season is, but the Lung Institute may be able to help. With revolutionary stem cell treatments, we could have the solution for you. For more information, contact us or call us at (800) 729-3065.