Infection preventionist Karen Mihalik, from Peninsula Regional Medical Center, joins the show to share some helpful tips on how to spot and prevent the flu. She says there are two ways to get the vaccination- through the flu mist, which is a live virus or the flu shot, which is an inactive virus. Mihalik also explains that the best way to prevent yourself from getting the flu is proper hand sanitization. Washing your hands regularly and coughing into your elbow, rather than your hands, are the best ways to stop yourself from spreading germs.
Doctors also recommend that now is the best time to get the flu shot, considering it takes about two weeks for the antibodies to develop. The flu can easily be mistaken for a cold as well, and there a few ways to know the difference:
- The flu comes with feelings of body aches, as well as a high fever, chills, fatigue, a sore throat, and it lasts longer.
- The cold usually does not present body aches and fatigue.
If you do get the flu, it is important to get to a physician within the first 24-48 hours. This way, you can get antivirals to lessen the time that you will have the flu.
This year, PMRC has made it easy to get vaccinated on time. On October 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 pm., at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium will be giving out flu shots to those who are 13 and older, for a 10 dollar donation.