The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) defines the flu as, “A contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.”
Late to arrive, but, flu has finally arrived in full force in New Jersey. During week 50 (December 7-13, 2014), influenza activity continued to increase in the United States. Eleven pediatric deaths have been reported so far this year. Flu season may last until April and it may not be too late to consider getting a flu shot to protect yourself and your family.
The flu shot is generally safe and recommended for all ages; it’s even suggested that you receive the flu shot during pregnancy. While the flu season has begun, it’s not too late to protect yourself against the flu and all it’s side effects. Plan ahead, to help ensure a healthy winter for you and your loved ones.
Where to Get Flu Shots?
Interested in making an appointment for a flu shot? To schedule an appointment for your safe and convenient vaccination with our family doctor in Monmouth county, New Jersey, call us at 732-741-5600. We gladly accommodate pregnant women and their families during the same visit.
What are the Flu Symptoms?
During flu season, we see many different types of flu symptoms depending on the individual. These flu symptoms may come about suddenly and with no warning. If you are unable to get a flu shot or even if you received the vaccination, keep an eye out for any flu like symptoms you may be experiencing. According to WebMD, here are some common flu symptoms to be aware of:
- Severe aches in your joints and muscles
- Pain and tiredness around your eyes
- Weakness or fatigue
- Warm, flushed skin and red, watery eyes
- Dry cough
- Sore throat and runny nose
Prescription. Doctors may prescribe antibiotics, depending on the severity of your flu symptoms. According to Flu.gov, here are four antiviral drugs approved for treating the flu:
- Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)
- Zanamivir (Relenza)
- Amantadine (Symmetrel)
- Rimantadine (Flumadine)
Over the Counter Flu Medicine. There are several over the counter flu medicines that work very well and are readily available on the market. Fever reducers, antihistamines, decongestants, and cough medicines have the ability to help reduce flu symptoms.
As previously mentioned, flu season is upon us, which means common flu shot myths may be flying your way as of recently. It is important to remember that these are just myths and it’s completely safe and healthy to receive an annual flu shot. Flu shots are especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including pregnant women, young children and older adults.
If you live in the area, call us and schedule an appointment with one of our family practice doctors or Board-Certified pediatricians in Monmouth county to get your annual flu shot. We will gladly assist you.
Now that you know more about the flu and how to get your flu shot, pass it on!