As colder weather approaches Charleston, it’s also time to start thinking about cold and flu season. While it is impossible to predict exactly what flu season will be like, the outlook for the 2015-2016 season is not significantly different from previous years. Parents and families should remind their children (and themselves) to wash their hands and avoid sick people when possible. If you’re feeling sick, do not go to work or school to prevent spreading your germs to other people.
2015-2016 Flu Season
When Does Flu Season Begin? Flu season typically starts in late September, early October and peaks between October and May.
How Do I Know If I Have The Flu? Influenza is a mild to severe illness that comes on very suddenly. Flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore through, nasal congestion, aches, fatigue, vomiting, or diarrhea. Not every patient will have all these symptoms. If you’re sick, it’s important to get medical treatment in order to avoid more serious complications. Quick treatment can be the difference between a mild and very serious illness.
How Can I Protect Myself & My Loved Ones? The best way to protect your family and yourself is to get a flu vaccine. If you have a child under the age of 6 months, they cannot get the vaccine. It is extremely important for you and your other family members to get the flu vaccine to protect the young child.
Get Your Flu Shots In Charleston, SC
The CDC recommends that every person over the age of 6 months get a yearly flu shot. While the shot does not protect against every strain of the influenza virus, it can help you steer clear of the most common types.
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