Whether you like it or not, peak flu season is here. And it’s something you need to take seriously.
Many people don’t realize how serious the flu can be. Because it comes in year in and year out, with people regularly getting vaccinations, we forget that it was once a deadly disease.
But every year around a dozen or so people actually die from the flu.
Here’s what you need to know.
Preventing the Spread of the Flu
It always bears mentioning the basics you can do to prevent the spread of the flu. Wash your hands! Learn to practice basic etiquette when you’re coughing or sneezing.
And please don’t go to work if you’re sick! You’re not a hero when you spread your germs around.
Possibly more important is to take the time and get your flu shot. This is not something worth gambling, especially when flu shots are free and the very least you have to lose is a couple of days off work.
A few more counterintuitive tips you may not have heard of? If the flu is serious enough to have hospitalized a family member… you probably shouldn’t go visit them.
There’s a good chance they’ll be alright, but they’re probably contagious. You don’t want to contract their disease.
Do I Have the Flu?
It’s important to distinguish between having the flu and just running a common cold. While you should definitely stay home in both cases, one scenario is just more urgent than the other.
If you have a fever, a cough, a runny nose, headaches, chills, nausea and vomiting or diarrhea, or at least four to five of these symptoms, you may just have the flu. Generally the common cold will not cause the symptoms further down this list.
Want to know more? Call Capital Medical Associates today to schedule an appointment.