Flu Season is Coming

Abigail Harrold, Editor

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With the flu running wild this year, there are certain ways to lessen the chances of getting the flu. On top of that, there are symptoms that can help you catch if you are sick early on. All of the following information is from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

What is the flu? The flu, also known as influenza, is contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It usually causes mild to severe illnesses, but in rare cases, it can cause death. Some symptoms can help people spot the flu sooner. Some of these include: fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness). Some individuals may have vomiting and diarrhea, but this is more common in children than adults. On top of that, fever is not always in every person who has the flu. What can happen if you have the flu? For most people, they recover in a few days. However, there are other conditions that people can develop while they have the flu. One such thing is pneumonia, and in some cases, pneumonia can be dangerous and life threatening. Some chronic conditions that can be made worse by the flu is asthma and heart disease.

However, who can catch this? Anyone can catch the flu, but some people are more likely to get it than others. Such groups include people 65 and over; people with chronic conditions; pregnant women; and children under 5 (especially if they are under two.) What can individuals do to help prevent the spread of the flu? There are many things to do to help prevent the flu, and the main thing to do is to get a flu vaccine. Other things include washing your hands; avoiding sick people; stay away from others when you are sick; take medicine when sick; go to a doctor when symptoms arise; and more.

For more information, go to the CDC website:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/index.html