Flu Season is Here!
The leaves are changing which means cooler weather, hay rides, pumpkin carving, and unfortunately, flu season. Influenza virus, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs. Flu seasons range in their severity and time course, but receiving the vaccination in October or November protects us against peak flu season in December and January.
Common signs and symptoms: Fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, and fatigue
How it spreads: Influenza virus spreads via droplets when people cough or sneeze-Wash your hands!
Period of contagiousness: People infected with influenza can spread the disease for up to 5-7 days
While some people only develop mild symptoms, influenza can lead to bacterial pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as heart failure, asthma, and diabetes.
The single most important thing we can do is get vaccinated against the flu. The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age receive a flu vaccine unless they have a history of severe allergic reaction to influenza vaccine, have a moderate to severe illness with fever, or have a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome. If any of these conditions exist you should consult with your physician prior to vaccination.
Enjoy the fall season flu free and get vaccinated!