Shoo Flu Don’t Bother Me!

It’s cold out there! Our new fall weather really brings it home that winter is coming and flu season is here. If you haven’t thought about the flu yet this year, now is the time to get active about staying well this flu season.

What is the flu?
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease caused by various strains of viruses. Flu season in the United States starts every fall and ends in the spring. This type of flu is also known as the seasonal flu and affects 5 to 20 percent of Americans every year. Influenza as harmless at may seem can be very dangerous if not taken care of properly. About 23,600 deaths occur each year in the United States because of flu-related causes.
Flu Symptoms
  • High fever
  • Headaches
  • Severe body aches
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea (more common in children than adults)
  • NOTE: Having all of these symptoms does not neccessarily mean you have the flu. Many different illnesses have similar symptoms, so it is best to visit your healthcare provider who can provide a better diagnostic.
How Can I avoid the flu?
  • The flu vaccine is the best way of preventing the flu and is available every year in the United States. For a better chance of protection, make sure to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible. Here are a few locations offering the flu vaccine in the area:
  • Practice good health habits like eating a balanced diet, getting enough rest, drinking enough fluids and excercising. This will help maintain your body’s resistence to infections.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Avoid or minimize contact with sick people that can spread the flu.
Go get your flu shot!
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Shoo Flu Don’t Bother Me!

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