Flu Season

  • Body or muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore throat

Is it a cold or the flu?  Colds rarely cause a fever or headaches.  Flu almost never causes an upset stomach.  And “stomach flu” isn’t really flu at all, but gastroenteritis.

Most people with the flu recover on their own without medical care.  People with mild cases of the flu should stay home and avoid contact with others, except to get medical care.  If you get the flu, your healthcare provider may prescribe medicine to help your body fight the infection and lessen symptoms.

The main way to keep from getting the flu is to get a yearly flu vaccine.  Good hygiene, including hand washing, can also help.

Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH): National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Where to get a Flu Vaccine:

  • contact your Primary Care Provider for an appointment
  • contact your local Health Department for flu vaccine clinic locations and hours
  • most pharmacies have a walk-in, no appointment necessary flu vaccine clinic

 

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