The cold and flu season is from October through May. If you haven’t already gotten your flu shot, it is important that you get it. Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated.
Certain people are at greater risk of getting the flu. This includes:
- Young children
- The elderly
- Pregnant women
- People with certain long-term medical conditions
If you think you have the flu, some of the symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches and chills
- Overly tired
- Diarrhea or vomiting
Vomiting and diarrhea are more common in children than adults. If you get sick with flu symptoms, you should stay home and avoid contact with others. Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. Call your doctor as soon as you start feeling ill. If antiviral drugs are needed, they work best for treatment if they are started within 2 days of getting sick.
If you have to go out:
- Wear a facemask
- Cover your coughs
- Use a tissue when sneezing
- Wash your hands as often as possible
Remember, it is not too late to get your flu shot. Call your Primary Care Provider (PCP) today to schedule your appointment. For more helpful information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu or call the number on the bottom of your screen.
Protect you and your family from the flu. Get vaccinated every year!