Flu season is here. Read our blog post to learn more about how the flu is spread, and how to protect yourself from exposure.
Also known as influenza, the flu affects the nose, throat and lungs and is caused by a virus. You can spread the flu simply by coughing or sneezing.
Symptoms can be mild to severe and include high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, coughing, and fatigue. However the flu can also have nausea with vomiting and diarrhea especially in children.
Symptoms typically begin two days after exposure to the virus. Complications of influenza may include viral pneumonia, secondary bacterial pneumonia, sinus infections, and worsening of previous health problems such as asthma or heart problems.
Typically the virus is spread through the air from coughs or sneezes over relatively short distances. It is also spread by touching surfaces contaminated by the virus and then touching the mouth or eyes.
The vaccine is usually effective against 3 types of flu. However the virus evolves rapidly.
The infection may be confirmed by testing the throat or nose for the virus.
A number of rapid tests are available and treatment includes Antiviral Drugs.
Since the flu and a cold share the same symptoms, our TEAM can help get you on an appropriate treatment plan and get you back to you!