Looks like we’re getting slammed by a pretty hard flu season this year.
I know some folks don’t like to get flu shots and that is certainly your choice. Me? I get one every year. About fifteen years ago I remember I got a flu shot and and the rest of my family didn’t.
Then one of the kids came home with the flu and passed it around to everybody else. They were completely laid out for a week and I was sure I was next, but I never even got the sniffles. That made a believer out of me.
Last night I was talking to my brother-in-law and he’s absolutely convinced that if you get the flu shot you’ll get sick, but that’s never been my experience. He avoids them like the plague and like I said, that’s his right.
So, how do you know if you have the flu? Here are some symptoms straight from the CDC:
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
Fever or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
The flu is bad enough for most folks, but if you’re over 65 or pregnant you’re at risk for complications that can lead to death. Children are also particularly vulnerable to the flu.
Check here for information about vaccination if you’re inclined to go that route.
Wash your hands!
Stay away from the sick if possible.
If you’re sick… stay home! Man, I hate going to work and the guy or gal in the next office is hacking away and blowing germs all over the place convinced the place would fall apart without them. Guess what? It won’t! If you’re sick go home. If I get sick ’cause you came in spreading disease everywhere when I get better I’m gonna think about kicking your ass.
What if I Get the Flu?
Again, right from the CDC website:
- Stay at home and rest.
- Avoid close contact with well people in your house so you won’t make them sick.
- Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss (dehydration).
- Treat fever and cough with medicines you can buy at the store.
- If you get very sick or are pregnant or have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk of flu complications (like asthma…), call your doctor. You might need antiviral medicine to treat flu.
There you have it.
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