FLU UPDATE: Well, the flu is here in full force! If you received the flu vaccine already the good news is the 2013-2014 flu shot is a good match for the influenza that is circulating. If you are still unvaccinated, it is not too late! The flu season typically runs through the fall and winter, peaking in January and February, and can last as late as May. The most common strain this year has been the H1N1, which is the same virus that caused the large outbreak in 2009.
What To Do If You Think You Have The Flu
- Symptoms of flu include high fever, cough, cold symptoms, body aches and sometimes nausea. Stay home to prevent it from spreading! Stay hydrated by drinking at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water/ day. Use Tylenol or Ibuprofen for fever and/or body aches.
- If you are concerned your infant is ill or infected with influenza, see your doctor. Infants are at higher risk for serious infections from flu.
- If you or your children have underlying medical conditions, things like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic medical problems, neurologic challenges or immune troubles, call your physician if you suspect you or your child have flu.
- Anti-virals (e.g. Tamiflu) can be used, if started within the first 48 hours of illness, and can reduce the duration of flu by 1-2 days.