It’s That Time Again: Flu Season Is Coming

It’s That Time Again: Flu Season Is Coming

Winter is upon us and as always, that means it’s about time for all the funk to start going around. From sinus infections, to strep throat, the stomach bug, to even the most dreaded one…. The flu!

So, what is influenza?

Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the flu can lead to death.

Flu symptoms include:

  • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone will have a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

How can you protect yourself?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs are easily spread this way.
  • Avoid going around others who are sick.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Eat healthy and nutritious foods.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and/or sneeze (always use a tissue and sanitize your hands).
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without using any medicine.
  • THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: Get the flu shot or nasal spray for the flu.