Don’t Become the Walking Dead this Flu Season

AMC’s original series The Walking Dead is one of the hottest shows on television right now. It’s got everything from a compelling plot to the ability to make you not want to look away when something scary is happening. (A rarity for me.) Every Sunday night you can bet I’ll be glued to my couch waiting for a “walker” to come busting through my front door.

Since Sunday’s season 2 premiere of the show, I’ve been thinking about the flu-like symptoms that occur during the first stages of becoming a zombie.

· Slow movement
· Constant moaning
· Blood-shot eyes
· Excessive drooling
· Chills

What a bummer, right? But hey, aside from actually transforming into a zombie, we’ve all been there. So to prevent yet another zombie-like flu season (except on Sunday nights), here are some tips on how you can stay healthy this flu season.

1. Take time to get a flu vaccine.
2. Take everyday prevention action to stop the spread of germs. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can treat your illness. Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
4. Finally, seek medical attention if you experience any of these flu-like symptoms:
· fever
· cough
· sore throat,
· runny or stuffy nose
· body aches
· headache
· chills and fatigue

These tips were brought to you by the Center for Disease Control. (Wink!)

Suspect someone you know may be transforming into a walker? Click here for a list of real diseases that could make someone act like a zombie. For zombie kitteh symptoms, see your vet.

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