This year, flu season came early – and it’s worse than usual. A new report shows that flu activity is already higher than normal for this time of year and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is widespread flu activity in 46 states.
As of now, the flu activity has not reached “epidemic” proportions, but it is close, and merely 0.2% below the CDC’s threshold. With a particularly cold winter on the horizon, it’s believed that this years’ flu will linger for longer.
Unfortunately, this year’s flu shot has not been as effective as hoped, so even if you received the shot, there is still a chance you could come down with the virus. However, people who have received the shot – thankfully – tend to experience less severe cases.
With this year’s increase in deadly cases of the flu, it’s critical that you take necessary precautions to keep yourself safe and stop the spread of the flu.
- Know the symptoms. Symptoms for the flu are usually sudden onset. If you experience any combination of the following, see a doctor:
- Muscle aches
- “Can’t get out of bed” feeling
- GI issues/upset stomach
- Cough/respiratory issues
- Runny and/or stuffed nose
We may not be able to cure the flu, but we can prevent its spread. Don’t risk getting the flu or making your case more severe by going to the hospital – if you’re experiencing flu like symptoms, log on and have a visit today.