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Late fall through winter can be a dangerous time of year. The Flu virus can more easily survive and thrive in cold weather, and the lower humidity allows the virus to travel, making people more contagious. Now more than ever, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of The Flu and learn how you can prevent it before it affects you and your family.
The Flu, also known as Influenza, is a contagious respiratory virus that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It can feel as mild as the common cold, or it can be deathly. The Flu most easily spreads through coughing and sneezing and can be highly contagious. It can start spreading before the original infected person even starts developing symptoms. People with the highest risk of developing The Flu are the elderly, pregnant woman, and those with immunity disorders or chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.
When The Flu isn’t treated properly, it can lead to the development of pneumonia or complications like ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, congestive heart failure, and more. Symptoms to look out for include fevers or feverish chills, a cough or a sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, fatigue, and nausea or vomiting. While it’s possible to treat The Flu with steroid shots and antiviral drugs, the best cure is to drink lots of fluids and get lots of rest.
The true best cure for The Flu is prevention. These are the best ways to prevent the Flu virus from impacting you and your family:
Stay healthy and safe this Flu season.