It has arrived, yet again – cold and flu season. This year, why not be prepared?
Getting the influenza vaccination is one step closer to preventing the spread of the virus, as well as keeping you from getting sick. Everyone 6 months of age or older should be vaccinated for the flu each season. Those considered high risk (younger children, elderly, etc.) are at even more risk of complications from influenza and should check with their doctor to see how often they should be vaccinated. Also, be prepared and know the signs and symptoms of influenza. Many people may actually have influenza when they think they only have a common cold.
Signs and symptoms include:
- A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
- A cough and/or sore throat
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
The flu and the common cold have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them. In general, the symptoms are much worse than a common cold if you have the flu. Fever, body aches, and tiredness are more common and intense with the flu, rather than a common cold. Your physician can help you determine whether or not you have the flu.
Be prepared this upcoming flu season and keep yourself healthy. For more information about the flu shot, take a look at the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) website or talk to your physician today.
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