Seasonal Flu and H1N1

The Flu is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system, including your nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs. It is a contagious infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by the influenza virus. 1/3 of all flu sicknesses occur in the late winter and early spring, its not too late to get the shot and prevent a prolonged illness

Symptoms

The flu usually begins abruptly, with a fever between 101 and 105 °F. (An adult typically has a lower fever than a child.) The fever usually lasts for a day or two, but can last 5 days. Other common symptoms include:
• Dry Cough
• Body aches
• Chills and sweats
• Dizziness
• Headache
• Lack of energy
• Nausea
• Vomiting

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When to see a doctor

If you have flu symptoms and are at risk of complications, see your doctor right away. Taking anti-viral drugs within the first 48 hours after you first notice symptoms may reduce the length of your illness by a day or two and may help prevent more serious problems. Seek immediate medical care if you have signs and symptoms of pneumonia. These include a severe cough that brings up phlegm, a high fever and a sharp pain when you breathe deeply. If you have bacterial pneumonia, you'll need treatment with antibiotics.

The CDC recommends that you receive a flu shot if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
• all persons who want to reduce the risk of becoming ill with influenza or of transmitting influenza to others
• all children aged 6 months to 18 years old
• all persons aged 50 years and older
• children and adolescents (aged 6 months to 18 years) receiving long-term aspirin therapy
• women who will be pregnant during the influenza season
• adults and children who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, hematological, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus)
• adults and children who are immunosuppressed
• residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities
• healthcare personnel
• healthy household contacts (including children) and caregivers of children aged less than 5 years and adults aged 50 years and older
• healthy household contacts (including children) and caregivers of persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza