Let’s talk flu. The flu season is just beginning here in Newark, and we’re already seeing an increase in flu cases, especially among high-risk groups like infants, children, and the elderly. A recent interview suggests that California residents may be facing a rough flu season in the weeks ahead, and states that this flu has yet to peak. While certain age groups and those patients with health conditions that weaken their immune system are most at risk, anyone is susceptible to coming down with this season’s harsh influenza strain. This year’s strain is H3N2 and is a more dangerous strain than those of recent years because it causes more severe illness with harsher symptoms. As Newark’s trusted local pharmacy, we have some tips you can follow this flu season to avoid catching the flu, which may also help reduce flu symptoms should you get ill. Please continue reading below to learn more.

Get Your Flu Vaccination

This year’s strain is not something to be taken lightly. Ask any pharmacist, doctor, or ER nurse in California, and they will likely tell you to get a flu shot. While vaccinations started last fall, that doesn’t mean it’s too late for you to get a flu shot now. In fact, this strain is so dangerous that it has already taken the lives of more many residents in Newark and Fremont, and the death toll continues to rise. Getting your flu shot may not prevent you from getting the flu, but it may minimize flu symptoms and save you a trip to the ER or from being admitted to the hospital. And of course, you can always contact the TIB Pharmacy team for information about flu vaccinations.  

Wash Your Hands Frequently

Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap to prevent catching and spreading the flu. This is especially important for those working and visiting public places often. If you don’t have access to soap, use a hand sanitizer that is alcohol-based.

Avoid Touching Surfaces & Objects in Public Places

Try to avoid touching public surfaces with your bare hands. Thousands of people touch surfaces like escalator railings, doorknobs, countertops, and desks at libraries, which is an easy way to spread flu carrying germs. Some of the most germ-ridden public surfaces and objects to be wary of include restaurant menus, pens, restaurant door handles, and grocery carts. Because it’s challenging to avoid touching some of these things, keep a travel size hand sanitizer with you, and try to use paper towels when touching any surface in public restrooms. Whatever you do, avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth after touching these and other surfaces and objects.  

Avoid Spreading Flu to Others

If you think you may have influenza, or feel any associated symptoms coming on, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Your hand works great but most people forget to wash their hands right after, so try covering your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away immediately. Keep hand sanitizer handy to use afterward or wash your hands.

Limit Contact With Others

If you’re displaying flu symptoms, limit your contact with others to avoid spreading the illness. While it can be hard for people to call in sick to work, you’ll be doing yourself and everyone around you a favor by staying at home to rest and recover.

Contact Your Newark Pharmacy

If you want to get a flu shot, or want to meet with our pharmacist to discuss your symptoms, contact us at TIB Pharmacy in Newark immediately. You may also schedule an appointment online. If you have the flu, you will want to address it right away, especially if you haven’t received a flu vaccination. Give us a call today.