Also known as “Influenza,” the flu is a viral attack that is not a respecter of a person’s’ age. However, small children, older adults and those with weakened immune systems tend to be more susceptible. The flu most commonly occurs in the late fall and winter, and can affect many people at once (epidemic).
Although a person with the flu feels very sick, it rarely leads to more serious complications. However, it could pose a more serious problem in infants, older adults and people with chronic diseases.
Flu viruses are released into the air when an infected individual coughs, sneezes or talks. These viruses travel through the air and can be inhaled directly. They may also land on an object, such as a door handle, computer keyboard or furniture. When you touch an infected object the virus can adhere to your skin, then transfer to your eyes nose or mouth.
It can take a few days before symptoms are recognized. At first the flu may give the impression of being a common cold. Beginning symptoms may include a sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, cough or headaches. Other signs may include fever over 100°F, chills, body aches, nausea, fatigue, and weakness.
One of the best things you can do is to be proactive by staying healthy. Because the flu can spread easily be sure to wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth when possible, eat right, drink lots of water, get plenty of fresh air, exercise, rest, and get vaccinated!
At QuestCare Urgent Care, we offer flu shots and nasal sprays to aid in keeping you from becoming infected. The vaccine normally protects you through the entire season. Don’t delay! It is never too early or too late to get vaccinated!
Of course, even when you are doing all the right things, viruses will sometimes still find their way into your body. If you think you may have the flu or have flu-like symptoms, and you want to see a doctor right away, we are here for you. Visit QuestCare Urgent Care for quick medical attention!