Flu season is here and we are about to get into the worst of it in the coming months, which is why it is important to be prepared. Every year from around October to April our bodies become more susceptible to influenza and can become serious if you are not properly prepared. For those who don’t know, influenza (also known as the flu), is a contagious respiratory virus that can affect the nose, throat and even the lungs. The best way to prevent getting the flu is by one, being educated and two, getting your flu shot.
Keep reading to find out more about the flu. Visit the CDC website for even more information and be sure to make an appointment with us online or call (540) 899-2555 if you think your child has the flu or you want to get them a flu shot.
*A weekly map of influenza surveillance around the country can be found here on the CDC website. This is a map of the week ending Nov. 18th.
Common symptoms of the flu include:
-fever (although not everyone with the flu will necessarily have a fever)
-vomiting/diarrhea (more common for children)
The flu can be spread from up to 6 ft away. Most often the flu is spread through coughing or sneezing. Droplets from an infected person can land on someone else’s mouth or nose or even be inhaled. If you are the sick person, be sure to wash your hands and cover your mouth if you are coughing or sneezing and most importantly, if you are sick please do not go to school or work and get others sick.
If you are trying to prevent getting sick, stay away from sick people, avoid sharing utensils or drinks with those who are sick, wash your hands frequently and make sure you have gotten your flu shot.
The flu can be contagious a day or so before symptoms show up and can continue to be contagious for 5-7 days after becoming sick. It is important to note that even if you are feeling better you may still be sick.