Those beautiful fall days have arrived and with the colder seasons already upon us there comes some not so pretty colds and illnesses.
With the flu vaccines now available Health officials at Alberta Health Services are encouraging everyone six months and older to fight against influenza by getting a flu shot, not only to protect themselves but to protect others as well. If the flu shot is not a viable option there are other ways to help stop the spread too.
Immunization is recommended annually as it is your best defense against the influenza infection and because you run the a risk of catching the flu every year.
Influenza is estimated to bring 12,200 people to the hospital and its complications cause from 4,000 to 8,000 deaths in Canada each year. Those who have a higher risk are children aged six to 59 months old, pregnant women, and people with chronic health issues.
Individuals can stop the spread of Influenza by covering their coughs, washing and cleaning their hands, and staying at home when sick, one of the harder things for us to do.
Some prevention methods are washing your hands, staying rested and relaxed, taking oil of oregano (natural bacteria-killer), and Oscillococcinum (Oral medication — although not medically supported).