Flu season is at our door and it is time to vaccinate!

We all hate flu season. Either we get sick and worry about giving it to people or we are worried we are going to catch it from our kids, family members or co-workers. Prevention is very important! Here are some reasons why:

According to the CDC:

  1. 4 Million outpatient visits
  2. 200,000 Hospitalizations
  3. 3,000 and 49,000 deaths

The CDC states the flu can make anyone sick: 18-64 years account for almost 60% of reported flu hospitalizations.

Vaccination is the single best way to prevent the flu.

But some may still get the influenza.  How do you treat it?

Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines that fight against the flu virus in your body. Antiviral drugs are not sold over-the-counter. You can only get them if you have a prescription from your doctor or health care provider. Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics, which fight against bacterial infections. -CDC

Signs and symptoms can include feeling feverish or having a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your flu illness. -CDC

Studies show that antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within two days of getting sick. However, starting them later can still be beneficial, especially if the sick person is at high risk of serious flu complications or is in the hospital with more severe illness.  Follow instructions for taking these drugs. -CDC

As always, if you develop chest pain, shortness of breath call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room.

Rio Grande Urgent Care is here to treat your symptoms to get you feeling better. Contact us for more information …… http://www.riograndeurgentcare.com/contact/ or call us at (505) 433-4493

 

References: CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/

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