JONESBORO (KAIT) Several states have already began to report the outbreak of flu. Here at the Craighead County Health Department no cases have been reported but the season is not that far off and it lasts a long time.
Amy Howell, Administrator ADH "It usually gets underway in November but we see some peaks in January through March."
Since the flu is a respiratory disease it can take two weeks to make you sill after exposure.
The best form of prevention is to get a flu shot especially if you are in a couple of special groups.
Ronda Clements, APN, "Babies less than 6 months old, 6 months to 18 years. The very old, people in nursing homes. People with chronic disease, lung infections and women who are pregnant."
You need to get a flu shot every year simply because last years inoculation may not cover the strain that is around.
Dr. Tony Bari, Woodsprings Pharmacy."The virus will mutate throughout the year and what happens is they study this throughout the year and they do a sort of smattering of different strains to come up with a new one."
A lot of us bring home the flu from work. Here are a couple of things you can do to minimize a chance of infection.
Wipe down your workstation with antibacterial wipes. Don't forget the phone.
Keep your hands clean, avoid shaking hands if possible, sanitize immediately after.
Don't rub your eyes or nose or put your fingers in your mouth.
Cut down or quit smoking. Smoking irritates the membranes in the nose and make it susceptible to the virus.