NAVIGATING FLU SEASON: UNDERSTANDING SYMPTOMS, PREVENTION, AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Understanding the Flu

As the leaves change colors and the air gets crisper, it’s a clear sign that flu season is upon us. The flu, or influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, can lead to hospitalization or even death.

Flu Symptoms and Complications

Recognizing flu symptoms is crucial for timely treatment. Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Complications can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important action in reducing your risk of flu and its potentially serious outcomes.

Prevention and Vaccination: Your Best Defense

The CDC recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone six months of age and older as the first and most crucial step in protecting against flu viruses. Vaccination has been shown to reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Practical Tips for Flu Prevention

Apart from vaccination, simple everyday preventive actions can help stop the spread of germs. This includes staying away from sick people, covering your cough, and frequent handwashing.

If you’re sick with flu, CDC recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.

Flu Treatment: What You Need to Know

If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people. However, if you have symptoms of flu and are in a high-risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your healthcare provider.

How Can Employee Benefits Help?

Telemedicine is a valuable employee benefit, especially during flu season. It allows you to consult with your doctor from the comfort of your home, avoiding the risk of exposing others to the flu or leaving the house when feeling unwell. Through a virtual visit, you can discuss your symptoms and treatment plan with your healthcare provider. Remember to check with your employee benefits representative or consult your benefit guide to understand more about how your benefit selections can support you during flu season.

Leveraging Employee Benefits for Flu Season

Many employers offer health benefits that can be a great resource during flu season. These benefits may cover flu vaccinations, provide access to healthcare professionals, and offer wellness programs to boost your immune system. It’s essential to be aware of what your employee benefits offer and how they can assist you during the flu season.

Engage with Your Employee Benefits for a Healthier Flu Season

As flu season approaches, it’s vital to utilize the resources available to you. Check your employee benefits to see what options are available for flu prevention and treatment. Staying informed and prepared is the key to a healthier flu season.

Learn More!

Read the following articles to discover more about the prevention and care of influenza.

Importance of Getting a Flu Shot from HealthLine

Preventative Actions from CDC

Get Your Flu Shot from CVS

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