This winter is no different from any other cold season in Ballwin, Missouri. Colds, flus and other viruses are allegedly on the rise due to several flu strains in recirculation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is already showing signs of a tumultuous flu season. Although medical professionals forecast a new strain of H7N9 virus also known as new avian flu, the return of H1N1 (also known as swine flu) has been plaguing certain states in America.
Missouri was among five other states showing rampant spread of H1N1, during the last two weeks of 2013, as indicated by the CDC. January and February represent the peak season of the flu. For more information, please visit: http://www.health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/influenza/pdf/Week521314.pdf
Children ages five to fourteen showed the highest rate of influenza and pneumonia. The CDC recommends that infants six months and older have a flu vaccination. It is also noteworthy that influenza vaccines are comprised of the most recent virus strains.
Always avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes without washing your hands first to lower the risk of catching a cold or the flu.
Always wash hands with hot soap and water for at least 10 seconds. In recent years, doctors are finding that anti-bacterial soaps could be the cause of resistance to antiviral medications. Other health experts prescribe alcohol wipes to squash the spread of infectious diseases.
Replace any air filters, older than 6 weeks old. This enables better indoor air quality to reduce the spread of airborne contaminants. Regular air filter replacements also extend the life of the home's heating system while improving energy efficiency, advises a technician of Hoffmann Brother's heating and cooling.
Finally, because influenza has the ability to thrive on surfaces up to eight hours, always sanitize surfaces with an antibacterial cleaner to eliminate germs.
If the occupants of your home cannot seem to stop contracting the flu, it could have something to do with you home's heating system. Please use this coupon on your Ballwin home's next heating repair house call.