Influenza Season is Upon Us

While current U.S. flu activity is low overall, localized influenza outbreaks have been reported and activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks, so if you haven’t gotten a flu shot, it’s still a good idea to get one.

Flu Symptoms

Influenza is contagious, and although it’s caused by a virus, there are antiviral drugs that can treat the illness and prevent serious complications. Avoid contact with others and call your doctor right away if you experience:

  • Symptoms that come on suddenly
  • Fever and/or chills
  • Body and muscle aches
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose

Prevent the Flu from Spreading

Of course, simple things like frequent hand washing, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces can help, but the best way to stop the flu is to get vaccinated.

Babies must be at least 6 months old to get a flu shot, and even though everyone should get the vaccine, it’s more important for certain high-risk groups, such as toddlers and small children, adults over age 65, people with chronic diseases or weak immune systems, and women who are currently pregnant or just gave birth.