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Get the Facts on Seasonal Flu

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "seasonal influenza activity can begin as early as October and continue through May." In other words, you need to be prepared! 


What Is the flu?

So, what exactly is the seasonal flu? The CDC defines it as "a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs." Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, fatigue (tiredness), and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. While these symptoms can be unpleasant, they are usually mild and go away on their own within a week or two.


However, the seasonal flu can also lead to more serious health complications like pneumonia, which can be life-threatening. According to the CDC, people at high risk for developing pneumonia from the flu include young children, adults 65 years of age or older,, pregnant women,, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and people with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.


Protect Yourself and Others

So what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the seasonal flu? The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as the best way to reduce the risk of getting sick from the flu. Flu vaccines are safe and effective, and they can be given by injection. In addition to getting vaccinated, you can also take simple steps like washing your hands often and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.


If you do get sick with the flu, there are also antiviral drugs that can be used to treat it. These drugs can make your illness milder and help you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. So if you think you may have the flu, be sure to contact your healthcare provider right away.





The bottom line is this: the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. But even if you do get sick, there are still things you can do to manage your symptoms and feel better soon.


If you are unsure or have any questions about the flu or the flu vaccine, talk to your doctor. For information about New Wave Physicians visit


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