Some Important Facts About the Flu

Some Important Facts About the Flu

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Here at Riverside Medical Group, our team of professionals is steadfast in providing the highest quality and services to all our patients and that includes insightful information about a variety of topics.  Here we would like to share with all our patients some important facts they should know about the flu (influenza).

What Exactly is the Flu?

The flu is a respiratory virus that is highly contagious and typically comes on suddenly, almost without warning.  Because it is a virus, it is important to understand that antibiotics are not helpful in fighting flu symptoms. The flu affects nearly 60 million Americans every year.  The common symptoms of the flu include, but are not limited to, body and muscle aches, cough, and fever. When exposed to the flu, your own symptoms will probably appear within the first seven days after being exposed.  With the onset of the flu, it can last for a mere few days or even two weeks. 

Common Flu Symptoms

  • Fever and chills (usually the fever will be in excess of 100.4 degrees)
  • Sore throat and cough
  • Body and muscle aches
  • Varied eye pain, including burning and sensitivity to light
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose 

How is the Fu Contracted?

The flu virus is spread from one person to the next via airborne particles typically resulting from sneezing and coughing.  In addition, it can be spread by way of any surface touched and contaminated by an infected person such as door handles. For this reason, it is imperative that you always cover your mouth during flu season when coughing or sneezing and wash or sanitize your hands often to contribute to the overall health of not only yourself, but your family and others you constantly come in contact with. 

Don’t Forget your Flu Shot

Here at Riverside Medical Group we encourage all of our patients to get their flu shots each year and offer flu shots at our medical clinic. Flu shots reduce your risks of getting the flu and spreading it to others and minimizes symptoms should you find yourself faced with the flu virus.  The flu shot is especially important to a few specific groups of people, including infants and children of all ages, individuals over the age of 50, individuals that suffer from chronic illnesses and those individuals who are caregivers. Since the flu vaccine is updated year to year to better combat the strains of flu that cause the outbreaks every year, our team of medical professionals highly recommend you get your flu vaccine every year.   

What to Do Should You Get the Flu

Care and treatment of the flu is simple.  Individuals should get plenty of rest, drink a lot of fluids, avoid any alcoholic beverages and tobacco, and finally should take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help control the fever and combat all the body and muscle aches.  In addition, be sure to wash your hands frequently and avoid sharing your food. We want to reiterate again that antibiotics do not help with the treatment of the flu, so stay focused on the practical and simple care and treatment options we have discussed here. 

Schedule Your Appointment With the Team here at Riverside Medical Group

The team here at Riverside Medical Group stands ready to meet your every need.  Be sure to contact one of our staff to schedule your appointment for medical services or to discuss your medical concerns.