Flu season generally starts in October and peaks in the winter months. The family practitioners at Western Washington Medical Group recommend that all family members 6 months or older get flu shots. If you are a parent concerned about vaccinating your family, please refer to our article on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. In addition to flu shots, it is important that everyone wash their hands after playing, before eating, and after using the restroom or blowing their nose.
Flu symptoms are very similar to cold and fever symptoms, and those infected with the flu often contract a fever. Most people will also have some or all of these symptoms listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea, although these are more common in children than adults.
While the flu virus is not typically a dangerous infection, patients who develop complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis can be at greater risk, and should see a doctor immediately.
Recovering from The Flu
Flu generally lasts 2-6 days, and often the best route is allowing the virus to run its course. Those recovering from the flu should rest and drink plenty of healthy fluids to avoid dehydration and promote recovery. If the sickness lasts longer or gets very severe, you should visit your provider for specific recommendations.
Be sure to check back regularly with our blog for health tips on staying healthy this flu season!