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September is here and that means the summer is about to end, and fall is right around the corner. With fall on its way, there’s a good possibility that flu season could come with it. While flu season sometimes doesn’t kick in until as late as January, it can also start as early as October, and October will be here before we know it. This is why it’s good to be prepared for the upcoming flu season, in order to keep yourself and those around you as healthy as possible. Here are a few ways you can prepare for the upcoming flu season.

Get Your Flu Shot

Studies have shown that the flu vaccine can reduce a person’s risk of getting severely sick if they were to get infected. The vaccine isn’t good for just yourself either – it’s good for the friends and family you surround yourself with. The CDC suggests that everyone over the age of six months gets vaccinated. This year, the CDC is recommending that people get vaccinated in September and October in order to be ready for the start of the flu season. According to the agency, the flu can last longer than usual in recent years, and it’s important to get the vaccine as soon as it’s available.

Use Proper Health and Safety Precautions

The flu tends to spread through saliva from our nose and mouth, similar to the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve been dealing with the past few years. Some of the ways you can prevent the spread of the virus include wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and keeping your distance from others, especially if you’re not feeling well. These are all important precautions to take, even if you’re vaccinated.

Keep A Stocked Medicine Cabinet

In case You do get sick, it’s a good idea to always keep a stocked medicine cabinet. Some of the things you’ll want to consider keeping are fever-reducing medicines such as Tylenol, a thermometer to take your temperature, and cough syrup for your respiratory system. These and many of the other useful medications can easily be obtained over the counter. Many doctors would also suggest keeping a pulse oximeter at home if you’re someone who has a pre-existing condition that could put you at greater risk for illness.

Stay Home If You’re Sick

If you’re sick, it’s important that you stay home to avoid spreading the illness to others. However, since both the flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms, you’ll want to consider getting tested for COVID as well so you can distinguish what you’re dealing with. Call out of work, stay at home, and try to get as much rest as possible. You’ll be feeling better before you know it.