Tips to stay healthy during flu season
It’s flu season, and everyone is on the lookout for germs they’re hoping to avoid. Most people recover from the flu in about a week. However, influenza may be associated with serious complications such as pneumonia, especially in those with neuromuscular disorders and other chronic health conditions.
Tips to prevent the flu:
Protect yourself by washing hands thoroughly with soap and water, using hand sanitizer, and keeping common areas and shared items clean and disinfected. Try to avoid contact with people who have colds or the flu. One of the best ways to prevent the flu is to get the flu shot. Check with your doctor before obtaining any vaccine, especially if you’re affected by myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, or taking immune-suppressing medications such as corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone, deflazacort, prednisolone).
Symptoms of seasonal influenza may include the following:
- sore throat
- body aches
- diarrhea and vomiting also may be experienced
Contact your physician as soon as possible if you develop flu-like symptoms.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s contains information about common respiratory illnesses that can stem from the flu (see page 70).