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Flu Concerns: Here's Who Should Be Taking Extra Care

 By Genevieve Cunningham

The flu is a really weird illness. For the most part, it's a virus that comes and goes with a bit of suffering but no lasting effects. But then there are those times when catching the flu is serious. Dangerous, even. Flu epidemics have wiped out significant portions of the population. While most of us simply need to prevent to the best of our abilities and hope for the best, there are many who need to be especially careful. Those who run the risk of serious complications. In the midst of flu season, take a look at these groups who should be doing their best to prevent and treat the flu as quickly as possible. 

Young Children

Young children have immune systems that aren't fully developed. They haven't been exposed to as many germs as adults, which means this may be their very first encounter with the flu. The risk of complications is much higher in this age group than in adults.  If you have young children, make sure you're taking all of the possible precautions to keep them healthy and strong through the season. 

Parents of Young Children

Don't forget that not all young children can have the flu shot. If you have a child with an allergy, you may need to protect yourself for their sake. If you have a child under six months of age, this also rings true. Young children need help from their parents to stay healthy, so be aware if you fall into this group.

Elderly

Much like very young children, the elderly are often hit much harder by normal illness. The flu can have devastating consequences for people in this age range. Those who are in their golden years need to prevent with vaccines, regular cleaning, and washing of the hands and face. And if you interact with people of this age range often, keeping yourself well is crucial. 

Medical Workers

Medical workers are at danger of both catching the flu and spreading it! If you work in a medical capacity, make sure you're keeping yourself as safe as possible. Preventing illness is important for your own well-being, as well as for those who you come into contact with on a daily basis.

Immunocompromised

There are certain groups of people who don't have a strong enough immune system to fight off the flu, and it's imperative that they stay away from it. This includes those with a compromised immune system -- whether that's because of a disease or chemotherapy or something else. If you or someone you live with is immunocompromised, it's so important to keep them safe through prevention practices for both of you.

School Workers

School workers are exposed to children all day. Children don't always know to cover their mouths when they cough, or who don't always wash their hands when they should. If you work in a school setting, it's a good idea to take extra precaution. If you can avoid catching the flu, you can also avoid spreading it to the vulnerable children in your class.

The flu isn't always serious, but for some people, the effects can be absolutely devastating. Do your part to stop the spread of the disease. Use prevention techniques whenever possible. By being proactive, we can help each other stay well for the good of all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Westminster, Calif.

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