By Fannie Fang, MD, Pediatrician
The flu season is upon us. This year, the flu has affected more people and has started earlier than previous flu seasons.
The flu can cause a mild to severe illness which at times can lead to death. Elderly, young children, and people with certain underlying diseases can be affected more severely than the rest of the population.
Currently, there have been 29 reported deaths related to the flu in children throughout the United States this year. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headache and feeling tired.
Here are some tips to prevent the spread of the flu:
It is never too late to get the flu vaccine even if you have been diagnosed with the flu this season. The flu vaccine still will provide you with protection against the other flu viruses that you have not been exposed to. The flu vaccine is for anyone older than 6 months of age.
If you develop flu-like illness, stay home until your fever has resolved for at least 24 hours.
Wash your hands regularly.
Cover your cough or sneeze to prevent the spread of germs.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces especially if someone is ill.
Make an appointment with your doctor now to get the flu vaccine.
Dr. Fang can be reach at Children’s Primary Care River Glen Pediatrics Glendale, WI.