Flu Season is Here!

Similar to a cold, flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, a runny and/or stuffed nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. Some flu patients also experience diarrhea and vomiting, but the flu’s telltale sign is that it hits fast and furious.

It is important to get your flu shot to protect yourself and others. Even children need to be vaccinated against flu.

Flu prevention strategies

Get vaccinated

Even with a low effectiveness rate, the flu vaccine helps ease the severity and duration of flu symptoms. The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu shot.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick

The flu is spread through droplets in the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes and therefore it’s highly contagious.

Wash your hands frequently

Wash with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.

Get plenty of rest

Rest as much as possible, stay hydrated and exercise to strengthen your immune system.

Stay home if you have flu symptoms

People can be contagious one day before symptoms start and five to seven days after. Children can be contagious even longer.

Most people recover from flu in five to seven days, but seek immediate medical attention if you have trouble breathing, your fever can't be controlled with ibuprofen or acetaminophen—or if your fever comes back. And of course, get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.

People most at risk for complications related to the flu Include:
  • adults over 65
  • babies and young children
  • pregnant women
  • people with respiratory conditions
  • those with weakened immune systems.

For this population, antiviral medications, such as Tamiflu, can prevent serious complications from the flu, but they must be taken within 48 hours of the start of symptoms.

To get your flu shot, contact your doctors office or visit your local pharmacy.