What To Do About The Flu: Seasonal Flu At Peak Time Of Year

We’re right in the middle of “Flu Season.” While some cases of the flu can start as early October and last through May, the winter months are when you’ll see a peak in flu activity.

If you haven’t gotten the flu shot, there’s still time. Based on information from the Centers for Disease Control, getting vaccinated, even in the middle of the 2017-2018 flu season, is okay. The flu shot is recommended for six months and older. However, if you’re allergic to chicken eggs, had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine in the past, or have a moderate or severe illness or fever, you shouldn’t get one.

So what if you get the flu? At that point, there’s not much that can be done if you head to the doctor’s office. The flu is a virus, which means antibiotics won’t help. You’re going to have to ride it out. Still, there are some things to keep in mind until the flu runs its course:

  • Drink lots of liquids –water, sports drinks, and the like will prevent dehydration; and hot drinks like tea and broth can help relieve nasal congestion and sore throats
  • Get plenty of rest – staying home from school or work and resting is vital to fighting the flu, especially during the first 24 hours
  • Avoid contact with others – remember, the flu is contagious and can be spread through sneezing and coughing
  • Take your medicine – over-the-counter cough and cold medicines can help ease flu symptoms in adults, but it’s not a cure; you can also take aspirin or ibuprofen alleviate fever, headache and body aches
  • If you experience shortness of breath, cannot keep down fluids for 24 hours, have persistent liquid stools accompanied by dizziness, a fast heart rate, or low blood pressure, seek emergency medical help immediately

Hang in there! While it may seem like a lifetime, the flu only lasts for one to two weeks. Plus, warmer weather, and the end of flu season, will be here before you know it.

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