Hi, I’m Emily Hall, MD, Hudson Hospital Internal Medicine. Welcome to my blog!
No time for the flu?
Just when you get the kids settled back into school and their fall sports, you or someone in the household gets the flu, which could wreak havoc on your routine. Late-fall through early-spring is often when the flu strikes, but you or your family can become sick with the virus any time during the year. The flu is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system – nose, throat and lungs – and is different than stomach flu viruses that cause diarrhea and vomiting.
Swatting the flu bug!
The best defense against the flu virus is the flu vaccine, which is available in shot and nasal methods. In addition to the vaccine, it is important to take other steps to guard off the flu. (How about protect yourself from the flu). Make sure to regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer. Also, get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet, and exercise often to keep your body’s natural defenses strong. If you think you have the flu, stay home and try to avoid contact with others to keep from spreading your illness.
Who should get vaccinated?
The Centers for Disease Control recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older. Getting vaccinated is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including:
- Pregnant women
- Older adults
- Young children
- People with asthma or other chronic respiratory diseases
If you have questions about whether you or your child should receive the vaccine, talk with your doctor.
When to see a doctor
Most people who get the flu can treat themselves at home and often do not need to see a doctor. Usually, bed rest and plenty of fluids help treat the flu. In some cases, especially if the virus is lingering past the normal virus period of three days to two weeks and symptoms are not improving, prescribing an antiviral medication may be necessary.
Walk-in Flu Clinic
Hudson Hospital Internal Medicine Clinic (2nd floor medical office building) is offering walk-in and appointment flu shots now through October 31, 2015, Tuesdays – Fridays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.