Monday, October 15, 2012

Flu Season & Staying Healthy

It's October - we've had our first official dusting of snow in Denver, football season is well underway, baseball is in playoff mode...all the things that mean fall is officially here and winter is around the corner. This weekend I spent time preparing my house for cold weather (well, to be 100% accurate, my husband did). Things to check off the list included:
  • blowing our our sprinklers
  • splitting firewood
  • covering up the swamp cooler
  • putting away the grill
  • cleaning out the summer flowerbeds
The list goes on and on! I'm sure a lot of you are doing the same things these days.  I don't know about you, but I absolutely adore this time of year. The stores are full of fall flowers, pumpkins...and one other thing you may want to add to your list of fall-preparation "to-do's", if you haven't already: getting you and your family members flu shots. They're incredibly easy and affordable to get -- your employer may even give them out for free -- but they will save you from a miserable and potentially dangerous bout with this nasty virus.

According to the CDC: "Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. It’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated. Those people include the following:
  • People who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu
    • This includes
      • People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
      • Pregnant women.
      • People 65 years and older.
  • People who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications
    • This includes household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease."

A full list of health and age factors, people at a high risk for complication from the flu is available on the CDC website. Check off one of the most important fall to-do's soon!

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