Influenza (aka the flu) is a serious illness that affects millions of people every year. Since it is highly contagious, it is important to be able to recognize influenza symptoms early and seek medical attention.
What is Influenza? Am I at Risk? What are Influenza Symptoms?
- Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that can affect just about anyone. While it is possible to get influenza anytime, cases tend to increase from October to March. People who are especially at risk for the flu and who have a higher chance of flu complications include:
- Pregnant women
- People with blood disorders, such as sickle cell disease
- Young children
- People with heart disease
- People over the age of 65
- People with kidney and liver disorders
- Body aches
- Sore throat
Influenza Vs. The Common Cold
Since many influenza symptoms and cold symptoms are similar, it can be difficult to tell which one you are suffering from. The CDC advises against relying on your symptoms alone to determine if you have influenza or a cold. If you think you have the flu, it is important to see a doctor immediately.
- If you are showing signs or symptoms, stay at home
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
- Disinfect surfaces in your home or workplace that are frequently touched
- Do not share drinks or utensils with someone who has influenza
- If a family member gets sick, wash their bedding and clothing
- Bring your own pen to banks and stores
- Avoid touching your nose and mouth with your hands
- Get a flu shot annually
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