Nobody relishes the fever, nausea and aches that appear as common flu symptoms. By preparing properly, you have a good chance to keep yourself and your family healthy all through the cold weather months that are generally considered flu season.
While some studies suggest that immune systems weaken during cooler weather, the spread of the flu during the winter may simply be explained by the fact that more people spend time indoors in heated and poorly ventilated buildings. Even people who live in warm climates are vulnerable to germs getting spread from visitors.
Common Flu Symptoms
These are typical flu symptoms, but they could also be symptoms of other illnesses. Additionally, not all people suffer from exactly the same symptoms. In any case, any combination of these may warrant a call to the doctor’s office:
- Temperature of at least 100 degrees
- Bouts of chills
- A stuffy or runny nose, cough. nausea and fatigue
- Headaches and body aches
These three steps can help keep you on the job and your kids in school during flu season:
- Flu vaccine: A flu vaccine is widely available, and it is covered by most health insurance. Even without health insurance, it may be well worth the cost if it keeps you and your family healthy. Flu vaccines are recommended for anybody over the age of sixth months. This vaccine is strongly recommended for people who are at a higher risk of getting sick. These include young children, pregnant women who suffer from chronic health issues and the elderly.
- Stay sanitary: Take sensible measures to prevent the spread of germs. Do this whether you get vaccinated or not because vaccines may not protect people against all strains of flu, and they don’t provide protection against other viruses. Common preventative measures include washing hands, using tissues for sneezes and runny noses and sanitizing surfaces that might carry flu germs.
If you do get sick, your doctor may prescribe antiviral medication that can shorten the course of your illness. Studies have demonstrated that these remedies work the best when they get started within two days of the first sign of symptoms. If you believe that you or somebody in your family has the flu, it’s best to act as quickly as possible.
Beyond that, most people can get relief from their flu symptoms with common cold and fever remedies that you can purchase over the counter. In severe cases, usually with high risk individuals, patients may have to be hospitalized, but most relatively healthy children and adults recover in their homes.
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