Flu Season Already?

School has started up again, and fall officially begins this Wednesday, September 22nd. You know what that means…flu season is quickly approaching!

After last year’s flu season, many people are concerned with H1N1. While it would be ideal for the threat of H1N1 to be non-existent this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unfortunately expects a reappearance of the 2009 H1N1 virus this 2010-2011 flu season.

The good news? You’ll only need one shot instead of two. Last year, the CDC encouraged that people get both the seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 vaccine. This year, however, both shots will be rolled into one. According to the CDC, “the 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus, and the 2009 H1N1 virus.”

Everyone 6 months and older needs a flu shot, urges the CDC. Getting vaccinated is the best method of protection against the flu, but it’s also important to frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand wipes or instant hand sanitizers are recommended if soap and water are not available. Practicing other healthy habits, like getting enough sleep, being physically active, and drinking plenty of fluids, can also help with flu prevention.

Stay tuned for more 2010 flu shot and H1N1 news this fall on Utility Safeguard’s blog. Don’t forget to stock up on Purell hand sanitizer, too!