The flu is on the rise in Central Florida. In the last week, Centra Care doctors have seen nearly 350 adult cases of the flu. What does that mean for you? If you haven’t already gotten a flu shot, do it now. And know what to look for in case the flu hits your home.
Generally flu symptoms come on quickly, and are much more severe than cold symptoms.
Common symptoms include:
Severe Aches and Pains
Exhaustion, Fatigue & Weakness
Symptoms can also include: sneezing, sore throat and stuffy nose, however these aren’t as common.
What To Do If You Suspect You Have The Flu:
Every Centra Care location offers a rapid influenza test to determine if you have the flu. The earlier you are diagnosed can make a difference in how long the flu lasts or how severe it may become. Prescription anti-viral medications are very effective in shortening the duration of flu, but you need to start the medication within 48 hours of symptom onset – so don’t wait too long before seeing a doctor.
Who Should Be Vaccinated?
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. While everyone should get vaccinated each flu season, it is especially important for those considered “high-risk”:
- Young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
- Health care workers and others who live with or care for high-risk people to keep from spreading the flu to them.
- Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.