Did you know approximately 10% of Americans get the flu virus each year?
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Airmont wants you to know how you can recognize the symptoms of the flu as soon as possible, as well as who is at a higher risk of getting the flu this season.
Is the Flu Contagious?
The flu virus is extremely contagious. A person is contagious and can spread the illness from one day before symptoms emerge until five to seven days after he or she feels better.
The flu is usually transmitted through droplets in the air, such as though released by a cough or sneeze. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of the flu so that you can seek care and avoid contact with others if you are sick.
- Muscle aches
- Runny and/or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
Who Is at a Higher Risk of Getting the Flu?
While anyone can get the flu virus at any time, there are some groups of people that are at a higher risk. People who are pregnant, have chronic medical conditions like asthma and diabetes, and/or are over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of the flu and serious complications from the flu.
Therefore, while it is important for everyone to get the flu shot, it is especially important for those people.
Ways to Prevent the Flu
- Get the flu shot, ideally before the end of October.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces regularly.
- Follow a healthy diet.
- Exercise on a regular basis.
- Get plenty of sleep.
Do you think you might be coming down with the flu? Visit the team at AFC Urgent Care Airmont today for medical treatment! We are open seven days a week.