Seasonal Flu: an ounce of prevention …
By Emily Wood, MD, InterMed Infectious Disease department
You’ve likely seen reports on the news about the spread of seasonal flu. While its arrival to our area was a little slow, activity is picking up a bit.
The symptoms we’re seeing are similar to those of past years. These may include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and diarrhea — more common in children than adults
Generally, there is no cause for concern and the flu will run its course in 2-5 days with rest. Avoid contact with other people to prevent spreading the virus.
How can I avoid the flu?
- Get a flu shot. There are several weeks left in the flu season. While the effectiveness is still being determined, a flu shot should minimize the effects of flu should you become ill.
- Wash your hands, especially before eating and after contact with someone who is sick.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of liquids, especially water, to stay hydrated.
- Exercise regularly.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Learn more at the Centers for Disease Control website.