Fight the Flu!
Flu Epidemic In San Diego County – Prevent the Flu and Get Treatment Today!
The flu, short for influenza, is a fairly common viral infection of the passages of your respiratory system. The flu is highly contagious and is usually not very serious in common situations. However, not all cases of the flu are alike, which is why it’s important to stay vigilante anytime you notice flu like symptoms starting to appear in yourself or those around you.
Since the flu is so contagious, it’s even more important to be aware of the symptoms in order to avoid catching the flu or spreading it anywhere you go. It can be easy to accidentally infect others, or to get infected, without even realizing how or when it happened.
And if you haven’t heard or seen the news about the flu epidemic in San Diego, it’s more important than ever before to learn about the flu, know the symptoms, take preventative steps, and get treatment immediately.
The epidemic we’re facing is an example of a situation where the flu is “not very serious.” Although the common flu is not anything to worry about when you get treatment, the flu does have the potential to become a very serious virus, especially when it’s not treated and is left to spread.
The quickest way to deal with the flu is to get the flu vaccine for anyone who is older than 6 months (which is nearly everyone!), otherwise you put yourself at risk of getting the flu epidemic.
Unfortunately, we’ve already seen over 260 people die because of the flu virus in San Diego County alone. This is why it’s more important than ever to get your flu vaccinations, take preventative steps, and see a doctor when you notice the symptoms of the flu.
Flu symptoms typically last around five to seven days, although the duration of flu symptoms can vary from individual to individual. Below you’ll find all of the major and common symptoms of the flu that you can look for:
- Chills and/or fever
- Sore throat
- Aches in your muscles or body
- Runny or stuffy nose
Having any of these may not immediately indicate that you have the flu, but they are worth being aware of so that you can help narrow down the possibilities of your symptoms. If you’re uncertain about your symptoms or are worried about getting the flu (or it being more serious than a common case), contact your doctor or healthcare specialist.
When should I seek medical treatment from a doctor for the flu?
It’s particularly important to seek medical treatment if you’re in one of the “high risk groups” for influenza, when experiencing flu-like symptoms. For example, any young children, people over the age of 65, pregnant women, or those with certain medical conditions like diabetes, asthma, or other chronic illnesses, should consult with their doctor when noticing flu-like symptoms.
Flu Preventative Tips
Stopping the flu from happening in the first place is the best way to go. Although you can’t always control when a virus strikes, you can influence your situation by making it harder for the virus to get into your body, get established, or otherwise spread to other people. This is where key preventative strategies come into play:
- Get a flu shot.
- Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue anytime you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not handy, cough or sneeze into your arm (rather than your hand). Always wash your hands or use hand-sanitizer afterward.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes.
- Always clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.
- Regularly disinfect and clean commonly touched surfaces: kitchen counters, bathroom counters, doorknobs, desks, phones, computer keyboards, and so on.
- If you have the flu, stay home and avoid going to school or work – where it can spread too many people very easily.
- Consume antioxidant-rich foods, take vitamins, and use other methods to boost your immune system.
These are just a few, but very important ways to help prevent you from getting the flu this year. If you have questions about the flu, how to prevent it, or how to treat it, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and let us know.
Flu Treatment Options
Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to completely prevent you from getting the flu. The treatment you are recommended by a doctor will vary based on the severity of your flu symptoms and the quantity of flu symptoms you’re exhibiting.
- Get your flu shot or vaccination.
- Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water.
- Let yourself rest by listening to your body (e.g., if you feel like you need to stay in bed, then that may be the best thing your body needs, beyond what the doctor prescribes for you).
- Use a humidifier to breathe in extra moisture and ease nasal congestion. Inhaling steam in a steamy shower is a great alternative.
- Cough drops can help with sore throats and easing a cough.
- Visit your doctor to get personalized treatment for the severity and number of flu symptoms you’re facing.
Contact us today to learn more about how you can prevent or get flu treatment. The last thing you want to be doing right now is run around without the proper flu shot (adult vaccinations), preventative measures, or treatment with the influenza epidemic sweeping all of San Diego County.