Flu season is here! The virus runs rampant from fall to spring each year. It is always better to prevent infectious diseases than to treat them.
The most common infectious disease in our area is the Influenza Virus (Flu). Every year in the USA, it causes illnesses in millions of people. Hospitalizations due to the flue are in hundreds of thousands and deaths number in the thousands. 90% of deaths occur in older people and patients with chronic conditions such as asthma.
People with the Flu are contagious one day before showing signs of sickness. Then, the virus is contagious from 5 to 7 days from the beginning of visible symptoms. Transmission of the virus from one person to others is through the air via droplets released when people talk or cough. The Flu is best prevented by staying away from contagious people--more than 6 feet away, good hand hygiene, and yearly flu shots for all people 6 months of age and older. October is the right time to get immunized as it takes a few weeks to become effective.
All health care providers in Santa Clara County have to either receive an influenza vaccination or--for the few who cannot receive the vaccine--wear a mask at work during the influenza season, usually from November 1 to March 31.
If you are curious and want to know more about the Flu, you can go to this website.