Flu Season in Full Swing

January 28, 2013 | Alerts, Health Advice | By: Zach Muhrer | Tags: , , , , ,

Influenza, or more commonly ‘the flu,’ is a viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs.  The virus can be dangerous for many people, but especially children, the elderly, and people with other chronic or long term conditions.

Because influenza is a virus, it is constantly changing and comes in many different forms.  Receiving your annual flu vaccination is a great way to protect yourself against the 3 most likely versions of the flu each year.  Unfortunately, you may still come in contact with a strain of the virus to which you are susceptible.  This is why you should regularly protect yourself and others by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water; or if those are unavailable, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Steer clear of people who are sick. 
  • Use and immediately dispose a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

If you or a loved one is sick, then you should contact your doctor.  The doctors at Post Rock can do a simple nasal swab test in the clinic that will determine whether or not you have the flu.

You should consult your doctor or go to the hospital immediately if you or your loved one is sick and has any of these symptoms:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Symptoms improve but then return worse with fever and worse cough
  • Have not consumed enough fluids
  • If you have other chronic conditions (diabetes, asthma, heart or lung disease, etc) and develop any flu like symptoms

If you have been ill with the flu, you should not return to work or school until 24 hours after the fever is gone.

For more information about the flu, check out: Flu.gov