The flu

The flu season is waining.  Get your flu shots in the fall so you don’t get caught!!! I know uncle Joe got a shot and it “gave him the flu”  BS!! Can’t happen.  The flu shots are made from dead virus.  Now, you can get exposed to the flu and then get the shot and before the shot takes effect (about 2 weeks), you can get the flu.  That is where the confusion comes from!

Things you can do to prevent the flu are:

Avoid people with the flu (that is hard sometimes because you don’t always know).  What you can do is NEVER (yes I said NEVER) touch your eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands with soap (at least 15 seconds of lather)!!!!  This will not only help prevent the flu, but many other diseases as well.

If you get the flu, get to your doctor immediately!  The medications we use to treat the flu have to be started within 24 to 48 hours to do any good.  How do you know if you have the flu??  Typically, the flu is sudden in onset.  You almost know the time you get sick.  It usually starts with runny nose, sore throat,  fever, chills and body aches.  Don’t take chances, the flu kills a lot of people every year.  Get to your doctor for treatment early and if you haven’t had one, go get a flu shot!!

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