Evans, GA (PRWEB) September 27, 2013
Flu season can begin as early as October, and five to 20 percent of Americans get influenza viruses each year. Center for Primary Care, a family medicine practice in Augusta, wants to advise on the flu, its symptoms, risks and prevention. As many as 200,000 end up in the hospital and 36,000 die from the virus and its complications.
Everyone has had the flu at some point or another, but symptoms can vary. The most common symptoms include: a 100-degree or higher temperature fever or feeling feverish, cough and/or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches and/or body aches, chills, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Some groups have a higher risk and can experience complications from seasonal flu. Seniors, those aged 65 and older, have been the most severely impacted by the 2012-13 flu season. By February 2013, more than half of reported flu-associated hospitalizations occurred in adults 65 years of age and older. Children, especially those under two years of age, and people with chronic health conditions, are also at risk.
To prevent the flu, get a vaccine. Children as young as six months can get a vaccine. The vaccine will last through the flu season. The virus travels through the air in droplets when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks. It is also possible to pick up the infection from objects like the phone or door knob that an infected person has touched. This is why washing hands and covering noses and mouths while coughing or sneezing is extremely important.
For those who think they have the flu already, see a family physician to confirm. Follow the physician’s treatment plan, rest and drink plenty of fluids. Those with the flu are contagious for up to seven days after becoming sick, so frequently clean and disinfect touched objects.
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