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Flu Season

It’s the dreaded Flu Season (October through May). Dr. Susan recommends the flu shot for all her patients.

Common cold vs Flu

Signs and SymptomsColdFlu
Symptom OnsetGradualAbrupt
FeverRareUsual; lasts 3 - 4 days
AchesSlightUsual; often severe
ChillsUncommonFairly common
Fatigue, weaknessSometimesUsual
SneezingCommonSometimes
Chest discomfort, coughMild to moderate hacking coughCommon; can be severe
Stuffy noseCommonSometimes
Sore throatCommonSometimes
HeadacheRareCommon

Tips for combating the flu:

1. Get the flu shot
2. Hand Hygiene – wash your hands often and for a minimum for 20 seconds
3. Avoid people who are sick
4. Get enough rest
5. Eat a healthy diet
6. Stay hydrated

You’ve done everything you can to avoid the flu but you’ve gotten it anyway.

What to do when you have the flu:

1. Stay hydrated
2. Wash your hands often
3. Rest
4. Avoid close contact with others, especially those in high risk groups ie: infants, elderly and, immunosuppressed
5. Take care of your cough and fever – Sit in a steamy bathroom, run the humidifier
6. If you are at all concerned, call Dr. Susan for advice.

What are the emergency warning signs of flu?

In children

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Ribs pulling in with each breath
  • Chest pain
  • Severe muscle pain (child refuses to walk)
  • Dehydration (no urine for 8 hours, dry mouth, no tears when crying)
  • Not alert or interacting when awake
  • Seizures
  • Fever above 104°F
  • In children less than 12 weeks, any fever
  • Fever or cough that improve but then return or worsen
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions

In adults

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Persistent dizziness, confusion, inability to arouse
  • Seizures
  • Not urinating
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Severe weakness or unsteadiness
  • Fever or cough that improve but then return or worsen
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions

These lists are not all inclusive. Please consult Dr. Susan for any other symptom that is severe or concerning.

Flu shots are available at your pharmacy. If you have any questions or concerns if the flu shot is right for you, please call to book an appointment with Dr. Susan.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm