Many of us don’t take the flu seriously. We simply think of it as a cold but with more serious symptoms. This is not right at all. The cold and flu are two completely different diseases. The cold is much less serious.
Familiarizing yourself with some of the basic flu facts will help you recognize common flu symptoms and know what measures you can take to stay healthy during the flu season. To know more about symptoms of the flu and to get a flu shot call Owl Now Urgent Care today to make an appointment.
Symptoms Of The Flu
Flu symptoms may include some or all of the following – cold, runny nose, cough, headache, sore throat, muscle pain and fatigue.
The Flu Is Very Contagious
The flu or influenza is very contagious, it’s easy to get and spread and difficult to avoid. Several studies have shown that the virus can survive for more than an hour in a closed environment. It can also survive 15 minutes when transferred to your hand from a tissue.
You can catch the disease easily if you are standing next to an infected person who coughs or sneezes. You can also catch the flu when you touch surfaces that have been contaminated by respiratory secretions. You cannot see these contaminations as they are in the form of microscopic droplets.
A person can be contagious for almost a day before any symptoms manifest. So they are not aware of it and can spread the disease unknowingly. The virus can continue to infect other people for about five days after the symptoms appear.
The Disease Can Be Fatal To High Risk Groups
People who have certain underlying medical conditions are at high risk of succumbing to this disease. High risk groups include those who are suffering from any of these health conditions:
• Kidney problems
• Severe asthma
• Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2
• Malignant cancers
• Heart conditions
• Pregnant women
• Chronic neurological disorders
• Impaired immunity such as HIV infection
Getting A Flu Shot Is The Best Way To Protect Yourself From This Disease
The CDC advises everyone to get a flu vaccination every year to protect themselves from this disease. Everyone can benefit from the flu vaccine, irrespective of their age or health. Even those who are fit and healthy should get the shot as they could pass the virus onto another person from the high risk group.
People from high risk groups, especially those who are over 65 years of age, can suffer from life threatening complications such as viral or bacterial pneumonia which affect the lungs.