Cold & Flu Season in Southern West Virginia

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Nancy Edwards is an infection preventionist at Raleigh General Hospital who wants to make sure you and your family stay cold and flu-free.

She says taking preventative steps is your best bet for avoiding the bugs.

“My advice to anybody would be to get the flue vaccine. If you haven’t got it, get it now. It takes about two weeks to build up antibodies,” says Edwards.

She also stresses the importance of practicing safe hand hygiene by regularly washing your hands, and coughing into a tissue or your sleeve.

Unfortunately, getting the flu is always a possibility, even if you play it safe. Edwards suggests seeing a medical professional immediately if you come down with the flu, even if you have the flu vaccine. Your recovery will come that much quicker and sooner.

 

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