Have you had your flu shot yet? If not – NOW is the time.
What is flu? A CONTAGIOUS respiratory illness caused by various strains of the virus that infect your nose, throat and sometimes, the lungs. Flu can be mild to severe – at times it can lead to death. The BEST way to prevent the flu is with a yearly vaccination.
How is flu different from a cold? Sudden: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills, fatigue and GI distress.
HOW IT SPREADS
Tiny droplets made when people with the flu either cough, sneeze or talk ( and spray). These drops can land in the mouth or noses of people who are nearby. It can also spread by shaking hands, touching a surface that has the virus, and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
You’re most contagious for the first 3-4 days after catching flu – but you can spread it even before you know you’re sick.
You will feel the onset of symptoms usually within 2 days.
Depending on how sick you get, how old you are, how immunosuppresed you might be – you can develop serious complications.
Bacterial pneumonia is the most common. Ear infections, sinus infections, worsening of chronic medical conditions – congestive heart failure, asthma, diabetes, autoimmune disease- ad nauseum.
Wondering who might be at high risk for complications?
People over 65
Chronic Medical Conditions- any age
Children under 5
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT THE FLU?
1-10- GET YOUR FLU VACCINE!
Wash your hands
Avoid people with flu
WHEN IS FLU SEASON?
It’s actually year round- but it’s most common in Fall and Winter- all the way until May!
But it peaks from December to February.
GET YOU FLU SHOT RIGHT AWAY!
Let’s talk about the flu variations and mutations next time.