Influenza Prevention and Treatment
As you are probably aware, influenza outbreaks started early this year with multiple states reporting widespread activity in January 2013. It is not too late to get a flu shot, but remember that it takes about 2 weeks before you’re fully protected. Fortunately, this year’s flu shot appears to be a good match for circulating influenza strains. Older people and those with weak immune systems will have lower levels of protection. However, the flu shot still helps to reduce the severity and duration of infection even if you still get the flu. Immunization is the best way to protect not only yourself, but those you love.
How do I know if I have the flu?
You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
Emergency warning signs in adults include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough