Influenza, or flu, is a virus that spreads throughout the fall and winter months. While most people who get the flu recover in a few days, it can become serious and require medical care. If you or a loved one has the flu, visit South Coast Family Medical Center in Laguna Niguel, California, for prompt, effective care. Lauren Kent Davis, DO, Christopher Michael Davis, DO, and their team provide top-quality flu treatment to help you get back on your feet. Call the office to learn more.
Influenza, commonly called the flu, is a virus that infects your nose, throat, and lungs. The flu often has symptoms similar to the common cold. It can give you a fever, cough, and nasal congestion.
Both the flu and cold viruses spread easily in cold, dry weather. Flu season usually begins in the fall and can last through May. The flu virus is contagious and spreads through the air and by physical contact.
Some people are at greater risk of developing complications when they have the flu. Children under 5 and adults over 65 are likely to have more severe cases of the flu and could need medical attention.
People with chronic conditions or women who are pregnant are also more susceptible to flu complications.
The flu often develops suddenly. Common warning signs include a runny nose and a sore throat. The common cold and the flu share many common symptoms. But while a cold develops more slowly, the flu appears quickly and makes you feel worse.
Signs of the flu include:
For some people, the flu can bring the risk of more severe complications. Pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections, and asthma attacks are common complications among higher-risk children and adults.
The best way to prevent getting the flu is by getting a flu shot every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta recommend that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu shot at the beginning of every flu season, but it’s never too late to get the vaccine.
During the fall and winter months, you can take precautions to prevent spreading the virus. Wash your hands regularly and help children wash their hands. Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough helps contain germs.
If you come down with the flu, avoid public places to help prevent spreading the virus to others.
For prompt and convenient flu care, visit South Coast Family Medical Center. No appointment is necessary for primary care treatment. Call today for more information about the clinic.