The 2019-2020 flu season has arrived, and the CDC says about 8% of Americans become ill with the flu each year and thousands die from flu-related illnesses.
Baylor College of Medicine experts share these tips to help you and your loved ones stay healthy this flu season.
Get vaccinated now
Dr. Pedro Piedra, professor of molecular virology and microbiology and pediatrics at Baylor, recommends that everyone over the age of six months receive the flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated is especially crucial for individuals who are at risk of developing complications from flu. Read more information about the flu vaccine.
Prevent the spread of germs
Washing your hands is key to reducing the risk of getting the flu. Dr. Jeffrey Steinbauer, professor of family and community medicine at Baylor, gives advice to help children and adults stay free of germs in the video below.
Practice the vampire cough
Mingling with friends and family during Halloween and the fall holidays is inevitable. However, germs can be easily spread if you don’t take the proper precautions. Dr. Irvin Sulapas and “Dr. Acula” demonstrate how to practice the vampire cough in the video below.