Have you and your family had flu shots yet this season? It’s the easiest way to avoid this potentially serious illness. The Community Care Clinic in Onalaska has vaccines available; simply call for a convenient appointment.
The CDC describes influenza (flu) as a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as people 65 years and older, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious complications. There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. The best way to reduce the risk of this illness and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year.
Classic flu (influenza) symptoms include:
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Runny or stuffy nose
According to the CDC, most people with flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you have symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care if you are very ill. Then, the instructions are:
- If prescribed by your healthcare provider, take antiviral drugs.
- Protect others – limit exposure, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash/sanitize hands and surfaces.
- Stay home 24 hours after your fever is gone.
Get enough rest along with hydration. Broth or chicken soup is helpful, along with ice pops, hot tea, vegetable juice, yogurt and Vitamin C-containing fruits. If you or your loved one are very sick, in a high-risk group or worried about symptoms, contact the Bronston Community Care Clinic at 608.781.2225 for a fast appointment and professional care. To avoid the flu, contact us for a vaccine.