Fighting Off the Flu with CKD
CKD and Preventing the Flu
With the fall season upon us, flu season quickly approaches. For those living with CKD, complications from the flu can be series. Read on to learn what you can do to fend off the flu this fall and winter.
According to the CDC, getting the seasonal flu vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent getting sick with the flu. While it is recommended that everyone gets vaccinated, it is especially true for those living with CKD because they are at an increased risk of having serious flu complications. For those living with CKD, getting vaccinated significantly reduces the risk of being hospitalized due to the flu.
Wear Your Mask
We all know that wearing a mask reduces risk of COVID-19 infection. A mask can also protect you against the germs that cause the flu. When in public spaces, make sure to continue to wear your mask and respectfully ask others to do the same.
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands frequently and properly is also essential to stopping the spread of the flu. Follow these steps to keep your hands germ-free:
- Wet your hands with clean water.
- Lather your hands with soap, being sure to get under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands with clean water.
- Air dry or use a disposable hand towel.
Learn More About Prevention the Flu
While living with kidney disease can leave you more susceptible to complications when it comes to getting sick with the flu, there are plenty of ways you can properly prepare and protect your body from getting sick this fall. To learn more, visit the National Kidney Foundation.