The flu has been taking over the news lately. Conventional wisdom might tell us that with the temperatures starting to rise again that the virus would be on its way out, but that’s not always the case. The CDC has stated that as of December 2014, all national key flu indicators are elevated, and about half of the country is experiencing high flu activity. The CDC is reporting one of the most common viruses this year is Influenza A (H3N2). There is considerable confusion around the virus right now, as some reports as suggesting that the flu shot does not work, while others are urging you to go get one. Furthermore, there have been murmurs of another flu epidemic. So who is the best person to listen to when it comes to advice on the virus?
Your best option is to go directly to CDC.com, flu.gov or your family practice provider.
How do I know if I have the flu?
Symptoms may include:
- A 100o F or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
- A cough and/or sore throat
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
I have these symptoms, and I think I have the flu. Now what?
The best thing to do when any symptoms are present is to schedule a visit with your family practice provider right away. One option your provider may prescribe is Tamiflu. Tamiflu is a prescription medicine used to treat the flu (influenza) in people 2 weeks of age and older who have had flu symptoms for no more than 2 days. This is different from the flu vaccine, and cannot be used as a substitute for the flu vaccine. This means it does not prevent bacterial infections that may occur with the flu.
It is important to see your healthcare provider right away, as they will be able to tell you the best course of action for treating your symptoms based on your health history.
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