Flu season is here, and it arrived much earlier than expected this year. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as of January 5th, 2013, Oregon and Washington have moderate influenza activity, and the south and northeast areas have very high influenza rates. Anywhere between 3,000-50,000 people die from complications related to the flu each year. Being infected with the flu is a miserable experience, and it always results in missed school or work.
Most of the influenza cases being reported in high flu regions are protected by the current influenza vaccine. If you haven’t already gotten your flu shot, now is the time to do so. It takes about 2 weeks after receiving the influenza vaccine for your body to develop influenza antibodies.
To help prevent the spread of illness, cover your cough with your elbow, wash your hands frequently, and use antiseptic wipes to clean phones, door handles, and other areas that are frequently touched by multiple people through daily use. If you do get sick, please say home to avoid the spread of illness to others.
Acupuncture can help boost your immune system and keep you healthy through flu season as well. If you do catch a cold or the flu, come in for acupuncture and possibly herbal treatment. Chinese medicine can reduce the severity and duration of your symptoms. Contact Portland acupuncturist Boynn McIntire to learn how acupuncture and herbs can help support your health during cold and flu season.