That may seem like a silly question, but it’s a real one! The reason why the common cold and flu are so common during the fall and winter is because we’re often spending lots of time in close quarters with other people. Where else are you in close quarters with other people? Inside Neyland Stadium or Thompson-Boling Arena watching the big game. That’s why our team at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville recommends getting your flu shot now rather than later so you’ll be protected.
Why Should You Get the Flu Vaccine? Quite simply, because the flu shot is your best defense against getting the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the vaccine in early fall. In other words, right about now! It takes up to two weeks for your body to develop antibodies against the flu once you’ve been vaccinated, which is why it’s a good idea to go ahead and get your shot. That way you’ll be protected by the time flu season is in full swing.
Other Ways to Prevent the Flu
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Make sure you eat a healthy diet.
- Avoid those who are ill.
- Avoid touching your face with your hands.
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
How Do You Know If You Have the Flu?If you’ve ever had the flu, you know you never want to have it again! The first signs you’ll likely notice will be extreme fatigue and intense body aches. Beyond those signs, many of the symptoms of the flu overlap with those of a common cold and other illnesses. You may have a runny or stuffy nose, a fever, a headache and other similar symptoms.
Treatment of the Flu
- Take antiviral medication as prescribed.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Take OTC meds to alleviate individual symptoms, like fever or sore throat.