Flu Symptoms Washington DC
The beginning of fall brings a change in weather and some autumn favorites like pumpkin spice lattes, but it also means the start of flu season.
That’s why healthcare experts are recommending that patients take necessary steps, including getting vaccinated, in order to protect themselves from the flu.
Keep reading to learn how you can avoid getting sick this season and experiencing flu symptoms.
What Is the Flu?
The Influenza virus, commonly referred to as the flu, is an illness that can be transmitted from person to person and, is therefore, highly contagious.
In fact, everyone is susceptible to catching the flu, but certain people, including children, older adults, and those that are immunocompromised, are at higher risk for its negative effects.
It can also infect individuals as Influenza A, with subtypes H1 and H3, or Influenza B, with subtypes Victoria and Yamagata. You may recognize Influenza A, H3 as the strain that was particularly prevalent last year.
What Are Some Flu Symptoms?
The flu affects each patient differently, and cases can be mild, severe, or even fatal.
That being said, flu symptoms commonly include: Fever, chills, sore throat, runny or stuff nose, cough, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and vomiting, or diarrhea.
It’s important to contact your doctor or healthcare provider right away if you believe that you may have the flu. Early treatment with antiviral drugs can limit the duration and severity of the illness.
If You Get the Flu, When Are You Contagious?
Once infected with the flu, individuals can spread the virus to others starting one day before the onset of symptoms until five-to-seven days after they get sick.
What Are Ways to Prevent the Flu This Season?
One of the best ways that patients can combat the flu this season is by getting vaccinated. Anyone over the age of 6 months can receive the immunization with the clearance of their medical provider.
This year’s vaccine has also been formulated to provide increased protection against Influenza A, H3, which was had the highest incidence last year.
Additionally, you should take care to regularly wash your hands, use hand sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol or greater, and cover your mouth and/or nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing.
To learn more about flu symptoms and for more information on receiving a flu shot in Washington DC, call Capital Medical Associates today to schedule an appointment for your flu vaccine.