The flu season is already here and this year it has been a little out of the ordinary as we are still in the midst of a pandemic. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, comparisons have been drawn to influenza. Both cause respiratory disease, yet there are important differences between the two viruses and how they spread. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older people, young children, those who are pregnant, and people with long-term health conditions are at greater risk for flu complications.
What symptoms should I watch out for? According to the CDC, flu symptoms include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (though not everyone who gets the flu has a fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body or muscle aches
One thing to know is no matter how “dangerous” a given flu season is, it is important to protect yourself – and, as with the COVID-19 pandemic, to prevent the spread to people who are at higher risk. Although getting the vaccine doesn’t guarantee you won’t get the flu, the CDC recommends getting one. Getting proper sleep, adequate nutrition, and regular exercise can help keep your immune system strong. Washing your hands frequently and carrying hand sanitizer helps prevent the spread of influenza. As always, if you have any questions or would like more information regarding the flu and vaccination (or any vaccination for that matter), please contact the pharmacy.