Flu Season is here!
A reminder about flu symptoms:
- Sudden onset
- Dry cough
- Muscle aches and pains
- Tiredness, weakness and exhaustion
- Chest discomfort
- Stuffy nose and sore throat
Otherwise healthy adults who are suffering from flu symptoms should consider going to Urgent Care at Station Square, Riverbend or Smokey Point. All three are open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
Those suffering from flu symptoms who are over age 65, pregnant or who have a chronic illness and need medical attention, should be directed to go to the nearest Emergency Room.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends people “Take 3” actions to fight the flu:
- Take time to get a flu vaccination each fall.
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against the flu virus.
- Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
• Stay home from work if you have symptoms – at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Wash hands frequently and thoroughly (two verses of “Happy Birthday” is the right duration).
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects – at home and work – that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness. Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
For more information from the CDC, go to https://www.cdc.gov/flu/