Flu Season: It's Not Over Yet
While flu season is usually associated with the colder months, flu season is still in full swing and affecting 45 states. Be sure to continue washing your hands often and getting vaccinated because the flu is still impacting the nation.
The Flu and New Mexico
It would be nice if the flu only came in a period of 2 weeks, or never came. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Once January hits, and especially when we get to the warmer months like April, we start to celebrate the end of flu season. People start washing their hands a little less obsessively, forgetting about vaccinations, and throwing caution to the wind as we turn our thoughts to happier things like Easter and the impending summer!
Last year’s flu was especially nasty, almost doubling hospitalization rates in the state and leading to 28 deaths in Dona Ana County alone. Although it looks like the influenza A virus is pretty much done doing damage, influenza B was a threat to New Mexican residents.
How to Prevent the Flu
It may be a little late to get vaccinations at this point, but it’s not too late to continue exercising other precautionary tactics like proper and frequent hand-washing, etc.
While vitamin D is essential for bone health and has proven to fight depression, having sufficient amount of the “sunshine vitamin” is important to fighting colds and the flu. While the flu is prevalent in most parts of the country currently, fighting the flu is on everyone’s minds, and vitamin D may be the answer.
Various studies have shown that adequate amounts of vitamin D can help with respiratory infections including colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Specifically, the study proved that those who religiously took vitamin D supplements were less likely to suffer from an acute respiratory infection.
Hang in there, the flu season is almost over! Be sure to follow all of the health precautions in place to ensure you are not affected by the flu. We hope you can avoid the flu this season!