Many people say they have “the flu” when they’re not feeling well, but the flu is a diagnosable collection of viruses that pass through the air and get into your body through your nose or mouth. Because it’s a virus, antibiotics or medications can’t resolve it, but it can be prevented with a vaccine.
The telltale signs that you have the flu include fever, cough, chills, headache, sore throat, body aches, and an overall miserable malaise. The flu doesn’t usually cause stomach problems. If someone says they have the “stomach flu,” it’s likely gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis is called, “the stomach flu”, but it’s caused by contaminated food and water, or touching a contaminated surface, not a flu virus.
You’ll likely recover from the flu in a few days, but sometimes it takes as long as 2 weeks. Complications can arise from the flu, including serious respiratory infections, such as pneumonia. More minor complications may include a sinus infection or ear infection, especially in children.
Dr. Santos and Dr. Sharma can help you and your family manage flu symptoms and monitor the progression of the flu to help prevent these complications.
Diligent hand washing helps prevent transmission of the flu. Your best protection is to get vaccinated. Make an appointment at DRS Medical Associates for a flu shot. The doctors may recommend a high-dose vaccine called Fluzone to people in your family who are 65 and older because it’s specifically designed to protect their immune system.
If you do get the flu, stay home. Avoid sharing your germs with others. Rest goes a long way in helping you heal.
A cold shares many of the symptoms of the flu, but usually doesn’t involve a fever higher than 101 F. The flu also creates a greater feeling of fatigue along with headaches and body aches. The staff at DRS Medical Associates can tell you if your symptoms are cold or flu related.
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