The country is in the peak of flu season, and while reported cases are decreasing in the San Ramon area, it is more important now than ever to practice healthy habits to reduce the risk of coming down with the flu. Diablo Family Physicians is committed to helping you protect yourself and your family from this damaging virus.
Flu vs. Cold
You might feel achy or have a sore throat. Is it the flu or is it just a cold? The two upper respiratory illnesses have many symptoms in common that it can make it difficult to tell the difference between the two. Here are a couple of signs to look out for according to the CDC:
If you are experiencing flu symptoms it is important to act now. It is not too late to get a flu shot, but if you believe you may have the flu contact us. There are antivirals that can be prescribed that may significantly reduce the severity of symptoms and length of illness if you catch it within the first two days of onset of symptoms.
Can the Flu Be Prevented?
The short answer is YES! Everyone can do their part to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses. While this may seem obvious it should still be stated – stay away from sick people. If you are sick you can help prevent spreading the flu by staying home. Sometimes it may not be possible to stay away from sick people, particularly if your children are sick. If you must be around others who are experiencing flu-like symptoms, you can ensure some protection by getting a flu shot. Be sure to practice good hand-washing habits, and be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, mouth, or ears especially after touching surfaces and others. It is imperative to get sufficient sleep to keep your immune system strong. It also helps to drink plenty of fluids.
If You’re Already Sick
What can you do if you’re already sick? For the sake of your health and the health of those around you, don’t be a warrior. Stay home and get plenty of rest! You’ve heard it before and you will hear it again and again – Drink plenty of fluids, get some rest, and take a pain reliever if you need it. If the flu is in an early enough stage, consider making an appointment to confirm your illness and get a prescription for an antiviral.