Each winter, millions of people suffer from Influenza – flu, the viral infection that attacks the respiratory system. It has a stupefying incubation period of up to four days, which means your body could be nurturing those viruses for several days before you even get to know you’re sick.
The influenza viruses – come with the full force of unforeseen occurrences. The flu is contagious, most people feel completely normal at the start, and then they start feeling like they are hit by a truck. It’s especially critical for young children, pregnant women, and older adults who have health-related problems, the flu can be very serious, even life-threatening.
National Influenza Vaccination Week highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination and aware people about the same.
What Are the Early Signs of the Flu?
Respiratory infections usually starts out slowly and get worse after, and then gradually goes away. It’s easy to mistake flu for a minor cold at first, because the flu shares many common symptoms with cold, such as a runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. People suffering from flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Sudden fever (usually above 100°F)
- Scratchy or sore throat
- Dry and persistence cough
- Chills and sweats
- Muscle or body aches
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
What to do to fight flu?
If you feel you’re experiencing signs of the flu, follow these tips:
- Get yourself vaccinated because it’s never too late
- Wash your hands frequently, it reduces the risk of spreading the virus to others.
- Cover coughs and sneezes directly with disposable tissue.
- Boost your immune system with healthy food intake. (Fruits and vegetables preferred)
- Drink lots of fluids, especially water, tea, and low-sugar electrolyte drinks.
- Stay home and get more sleep.
- Cancel social engagements.
- Stock up tissues, hand sanitizer, and pain relievers.
What not to do when you are infected?
- Don’t shake hands and share hugs
- Don’t go to work or school.
- Avoid going to crowded places
- Don’t try unproven remedies.
- Don’t smoke or drink
Why vaccination is must?
Recognizing the early signs of the flu is essential if you don’t want those viruses to feel like home inside you. The flu is contagious and its virus travels through the air in droplets. Influenza viruses are constantly changing with new strains. So, antibodies made against flu viruses you’ve encountered in the past can’t protect you from new influenza strains. So it becomes important for you to get vaccinated every season.
Is Vaccination safe? Are there any side effects?
Influenza flu vaccines that protect against three flu viruses are called “trivalent”, and four viruses are called “quadrivalent.” According to CDC reports, millions of doses have safely been given to protect and prevent people from influenza virus. It says annual flu vaccination is the best protection against this virus.
Most people aren’t having any problems with the flu vaccinations, however, if you have ever had an allergic reaction after vaccination, then you must ask your doctor about which vaccine is best for you.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination for everyone aged 6 months or older. Getting flu vaccination every season between December to March can save you from getting sick. With different strains of flu viruses, the flu vaccine is also updated each year. Getting vaccinated protects you and also protect people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness.
iPatientCare urge you to get your flu vaccine and encourage others to do the same by sharing your #flushot pictures on social media.