Flu Season is Coming Soon
Flu Season Is Coming Soon
Fall is here and the flu season is right around the corner.
Flu season usually runs from November through March. Most years it really doesn’t get of a much foothold in Wisconsin until December or January with the peak in February.
A particular virus called Influenza causes flu. This virus is very contagious and is spread from person to person by coughing, sneezing and other close contact. It’s a respiratory virus that causes fever, chills, a dry cough, muscle aches and fatigue. The term flu is also used for a stomach virus that will cause vomiting and diarrhea. This is Gastroenteritis not Influenza.
Most of the time Influenza is more of just a bad cold but in some people it can be much worse. It can lead to Pneumonia and Bronchitis which can be life threatening. About 35,000 people in the United States die from Influenza and its complications each year and in a bad year where Influenza is pandemic it can be much worse than that. In 1918 the Spanish Flu killed between 20 and 100 million people worldwide.
The flu is best controlled by the flu vaccination. There are two reasons to get a flu shot. Firstly it’s the best way to protect yourself from Influenza. Secondly if everyone gets a flu shot then the virus can’t get much of a foothold in your community. This second concept is what’s known as herd immunity and is an important reason for even individuals who don’t feel personally much at risk to get a flu shot. It protects your community. There are numerous places in the community to get a flu shot. Contact your physician for options.
If you become ill and are wondering whether or not you may have Influenza you should contact your physician early on to see if you need to be evaluated.
nfluenza unlike most other viral illnesses in some circumstances can be treated but early diagnosis is key.
Your primary physician is the best source of information available to you and your family.