Spread the Word, Not the Flu!

By American Diabetes Association

The fever. The sore throat. The body aches and chills. If you’ve ever had the flu, you know how suddenly it can come on, and how very sick it can make you feel.

We’re at the height of flu season right now, as infections in the United States tend to peak in January and later.

Having the flu can be dangerous for anyone. But it’s extra risky for people who live with chronic diseases like diabetes. Diabetes can make it more difficult for your immune system to fight severe illness from the flu. So even if your diabetes is well managed, you’re at greater risk of severe complications, such as hospitalization and pneumonia. Being sick with the flu can also spell trouble for your blood glucose levels.

That’s why getting an annual flu vaccine is even more important for people with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) than it is for others. For extra safety, it’s a good idea for the people you live with or spend a lot of time with to get a flu shot, too. You are less likely to get the flu if the people around you don’t have it.

flu imageTalk with your doctor about getting a flu shot. The vaccine doesn’t give 100 percent protection, but it does make it much harder for you to catch the flu for about six months. The best time to get your flu shot is in September, because the vaccine takes about two weeks to take effect. But really, it’s never too late!

In addition to the shot, you can follow these precautions to help prevent seasonal flu and other contagious diseases:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

And what if you get the flu? If you can, talk to your doctor in advance about a sick plan. He or she may recommend antiviral drugs, which can help lessen flu symptoms and shorten the time you are sick.

Want to know how the flu season is shaping up in your area? Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) FluViewThis image is associated with an external link. for weekly reports on flu activity levels and the states experiencing high volume of flu cases.

From: http://diabetesstopshere.org/2014/01/24/spread-the-word-not-the-flu/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spread-the-word-not-the-flu

Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah C.B. Helping Hands Ministries Founder/Overseer / Business owner / Nurse, Friend, Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah, a small town country girl with a big heart. That big heart didn’t go unnoticed by God. At age 8; Apostle Shelia made the most important decision of her life. She decided to follow Christ. It wasn’t long before she heard the calling of God upon her life to reach the lost at any cost. To touch lives, one person at a time. By age 15 she was actively ministering to many in her community. From the young to the elderly, and even the dying; she has made it a priority to care for the souls of those in need. Today Apostle Shelia leads the C.B. Helping Hands Ministries team on a greater call. A call to reach the lost not just in our community but also around the world. C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and Apostle Shelia have become the vessel that God is using to bridge the gap between generations and touch the hearts of a lost, and dying world. Daily she ministers to the homeless, battered women, suicidal people and at risk youth among others. As a John Maxwell certified coach, and speaker she travels the world adding value to others. She is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and helping others see their true potential. With a never quit attitude and unwavering faith, she has been able to build C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and testify of God’s provisions and unfailing love. Making sure to always give God the honor and praise. She motivates young adults like none other. She has become a renown inspirational speaker like none other. She is real, she is alive, she is on fire and excited about transforming, and adding value to others.. She is new, real, and a breath of fresh air. Called, and anointed for such a time as this.
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