Flu season is upon us and although it is impossible to predict what will happen each year, the CDC recommends every individual over 6 months of age get an age-appropriate flu vaccine to help protect against the disease. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four most common circulating flu viruses. Since the vaccine decreases the likelihood or severity of the flu, this is the most critical step in protecting yourself against this serious disease.
In addition to the vaccine, it's recommended that you take everyday preventative actions such as washing your hands and avoiding contact with sick people, to reduce the spread of germs. If you do come down with a case of the flu, it is important to stay home from work or school to prevent spreading the flu to others. Antiviral drugs and other medications can be used to treat the influenza virus, but rest and getting enough fluids are critical to the recovery process.
If you've ever had the flu before, you know one of the most uncomfortable side effects are the aches and pains that accompany the virus. In addition to fever, chills, congestion, headaches, and fatigue, muscle soreness and body aches can make you feel miserable. Milkweed Balm can aid in relieving flu symptoms when applied topically. The anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants in Milkweed Balm can ease aches so you can rest comfortably.
By taking daily precautions and getting vaccinated, you are less likely to come down with the flu, but it's not a guarantee. Keep a jar of Milkweed Balm on hand, in the event you get sick. If you avoid the flu all season, you can always use Milkweed Balm to soothe any other aches you may experience throughout the year.