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    Tips for Getting Through Cold & Flu Season
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    Stephanie Butler, RN posted:
    The weather is finally cooling down which brings most of us great relief, however flu season is right around the corner! I just wanted to share a few quick tips with everyone, and I hope you will let me know what you have found to be helpful.

    1. Flu vaccines: Flu vaccines are generally considered safe for people with MS, and they are the best way to avoid getting severely ill. The flu virus causes high fevers, which exacerbates MS symptoms, and it's important to avoid it if at all possible. The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine, but the nasal most is a live vaccine so avoid it if you are on immunosuppressants.

    2. Wash your hands frequently! Additionally avoid touching your face/nose/mouth without washing your hands first, especially while you are out in public. The viruses that cause the common cold, flu, and stomach flu live on communal surfaces but are easily combated with soap and water.

    3. If you do fall victim to a nasty cold talk to your doctor about the best way to keep your fever down, and stay well hydrated!

    4. Keep emergency medications and supplies in the house such as tissues and fever reducers in case you need them.
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