The flu season is currently in full swing throughout the U.S., with a larger-than-expected widespread outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported nearly 10,000 confirmed cases of the flu in the state of South Carolina – within a seven-day span.
Ways to Prevent the Flu:
According to the CDC, the best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. If you haven’t received your flu shot yet, it’s not too late.
The CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions to help slow the spread of germs that cause the flu. These include:
• Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Washing your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
The CDC is an independent organization that provides health information on behalf of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including a fever, chills, body aches, cough or sore throat, you may want to seek treatment from your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to help shorten the time you are sick — this medication is different from antibiotics and not available over-the-counter.
You can also use Blue CareOnDemandSM — a faster, easier way to see a doctor using your smartphone, tablet or computer. Licensed physicians can diagnose your symptoms and call in a prescription if needed. Download the SC Blue app from the App Store or Google Play.