Every year, the flu picks up and makes its rounds around November and December. This year, the flu virus seems especially bad.
According to the Center for Disease Control, there are already four states with widespread flu activity. At this point last winter, there were none. The flu strain this year also seems to be an especially severe one.
Each year, 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized due to flu-related complications. These complications can range from pneumonia, infections, and dehydration. The flu can also make any chronic health issues, like asthma, significantly worse.
As it does every year, this brings up debates about the value of flu vaccines. The CDC and doctors continue to stress the importance of getting a flu vaccine every year to protect yourself against the illness.
It is especially important for children, elderly, and those with compromised immune systems to get the flu vaccine. These are the groups of people that are most susceptible to complications from the flu.
If you’re worried about the complications that might arise from flu vaccines, it’s important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your concerns. It is normal to be wary of viral infections and vaccines, but it is also important to be protected from the flu.
While the flu has similar symptoms to a cold, it is much more serious. There are several extreme differences. Individuals with the flu typically have a fever that lasts 3 to four days. They also often have severe body aches. It is also common to have chills and fatigue from the flu. The symptoms are not common with a cold.
According to the CDC, there are some emergency warning signs of the flu. If you or anyone close to you has difficulty breathing, dizziness, confusion, or persistent vomiting, it is important to get medical help. Check out the full list of emergency warnings here.
Make sure to protect yourself and your family from the flu this year. Talk with your doctor about some preventative steps you can take and get a flu vaccine.
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