Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and in extremely severe cases can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

The best way to avoid getting the flu is to get your annual vaccination.

Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

As serious as it may sound, most of the time flu is not of a serious nature but it may very well last a few weeks. We all know how much of a hindrance flu can be in a person’s life.

SYMPTOMS

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhoea, though this is more common in children than adults.

CONTAGIOUS

The problem with flu is that it is contagious before the patient knows they are sick. This can happen when someone with flu coughs, sneezes, or even talks, which may result in the droplets spreading and possibly passing flu onto an unsuspecting victim. So it’s important to give your patient some time off from work or school – not only for them but also for the wellbeing of others.

PREVENTION

The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent hand washing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.

In the case that prevention doesn’t work or an attempt at prevention was too late, the condition can be treated symptomatically.

TREATMENT

Patients experiencing flu should:

  • Rest
  • Avoid contact with others
  • Stay hydrated
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat well
  • Exercise (only moderately).

Flu can really become a hindrance in a person’s life so they may want to consult a doctor in order to deal with it as soon as possible.