What You Need To Know About The Flu

Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized during the 2017-2018 flu season, and more than 80,000 people died from flu during that time?

Now, as we make our way into the 2019-2020 season, it’s more important than ever to remain vigilant and up to date on your flu vaccinations. And while a cold and the flu are relatively similar in their upper respiratory symptoms and complications, they are caused by different viral strains, which is why it’s important to also arm yourself with knowledge.

Symptoms of the Flu

Flu symptoms often arise more suddenly than that of a cold. It is also important to note that, while fever is among the most common of flu symptoms, not everybody with the flu will necessarily experience a fever. But, in all, here are symptoms you may experience with the flu:

  • A persistent cough
  • A sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea (particularly with young children)
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Fever and/or chills

Do’s and Don’ts of the Flu

What you should and should not do while you have the flu extends beyond mere courtesy ⁠— these “etiquette” rules, so to speak, are a means of protecting your own body, your loved ones, and your community’s herd immunity.

DO

  • Get your flu vaccination
  • Know the symptoms of the flu
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow or tissue

DONT

  • Go to work if you’re sick
  • Send your child to school if they’re sick
  • Share cups or utensils with others
  • Exercise or overexert your body
  • Sneeze or cough directly into your hands

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or are ready to receive your flu vaccination, schedule an appointment with Avecina Medical today!

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