Hey guys, it’s that time of year again. The temperature and the leaves are dropping, the holidays are just around the corner… oh, and did I mention it’s flu season? Up to 50 million Americans contract influenza each year, so let’s go over some tips and basic information that can help you treat the flu and hopefully avoid getting it in the first place.
According to CDC guidelines, everyone ages six and up should get a flu vaccine. The vaccines contain egg proteins, so if you have any egg allergies, make sure you talk to a healthcare provider beforehand. If you get the flu, a Tamiflu prescription can reduce the symptoms. However, if you have already had flu symptoms for over 72 hours, Tamiflu may not be effective. Make sure you also take Vitamin C, eat healthy, get plenty of rest, and wash your hands regularly.
Symptoms of the flu include fevers, cough, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and body aches. If you have a fever in addition to any of these other symptoms, studies suggest that you have a high likelihood of having the flu.
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