Influenza is a viral illness that is easily spread from person to person. It can be extremely serious for the elderly and for people who have weakened immune systems. Symptoms include aches and pains, fever, and vomiting. Most people who develop symptoms recover within a few days, but it can last longer. There is no cure for it, but doctors recommend certain medications to help reduce fevers. It is also recommended that if you do have the flu that you stay home and rest – don’t go out in public where you can make others sick. It is necessary to make correct decisions regarding illness so that it doesn’t spread needlessly.
The flu season of 2013-2014 is now upon us. In the USA it starts in the fall. There are many different strains. The question in most people’s minds is how severe will it be? Unfortunately, we don’t know that. All we can do is hope for the best while planning for all types of different situations. Unfortunately, the government shutdown isn’t helping. There are agencies who are responsible for reporting statistics who are unable to monitor the situation due to not being allowed to go to work.
The CDC recommends anyone over the age of six months gets a flu vaccine to help protect them. Although the vaccine might not protect against the particular strains that are going around, it does offer a bit of resistance. Some people may opt to get the standard flu shot, others can get a mist that is inhaled through the nose. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what is better for you. The mist is a live vaccine, so that means people who have weakened immune systems can’t take it. Also be sure to tell your doctor if you are allergic to eggs, as the shot has a component in it that can cause a reaction for certain people. The important thing to realize is that some form of protection during the upcoming season is better than none at all. And of course, avoid being around people who are symptomatic if at all possible.