Everything You Should Know About This Year’s Flu

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Last year’s flu season was the worst we have seen in years. Here are some things you need to know about this year’s flu season so you and your loved ones can best prepare.

When is Flu Season?

Flu season is from October to late April/early May.  Peak season is typically December through February.  According to the CDC, February typically presents the highest number of cases that result in the most hospitalizations.

What are Common Flu Symptoms?

Symptoms of the flu are fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and head aches, runny nose, chills, diarrhea, vomiting, and severe lethargy. These symptoms may very per person.

Why Should You Get the Flu Shot?

Although the flu shot does not guarantee you will not get the flu, it greatly reduces the risk of contracting it and it will reduce the symptoms if you do get it. Getting the flu shot also reduces the risk of spreading the virus to others.

Who is Most at Risk for Contracting the Flu?

Everyone is at risk for contracting the flu. Young children, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, and those with existing health conditions are most at risk for suffering more complications resulting in hospitalizations if they do get the flu.

How Can You Prevent the Flu?

Getting the flu shot is the number one way to prevent yourself from contracting the flu. It is also very important to wash your hands, get plenty of sleep, wipe down countertops, and stay hydrated. Stay home from school or work if you are feeling sick to help reduce the transmission of the flu.