Top 5 Questions about the Flu

Posted on: November 6th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

Achoo! Flu season is fast approaching us. While many of us experience it every year, there are still aspects of the illness that remain a mystery. Here are the top 5 questions people have about the flu:

  • How is it different from a cold?

While both are respiratory illnesses, they’re caused by different viruses and they infect different parts of the body; while a cold impacts just the nose and throat, a flu impacts the bronchial tubes, the throat, the nose and the lungs.

  • Should I get a flu shot?

The short answer is yes; while flu shots won’t guarantee you won’t contract the virus (it reduces your chances by 70 to 90 percent) it is still your best bet in avoiding this sickness. Some strains of the flu are bad enough that they cause death; the more you can do to avoid contracting the flu, the better.

  • How do I know when I have the flu?

Some of the symptoms include body aches, chills, headache, sore throat, cough, fever and fatigue. The coughs that the flu causes irritate your bronchial tube, but they shouldn’t cause you to cough up any gunk.

  • How can I prevent it?

The flu shot is your best method to prevent the flu; those who are infected often have no symptoms for the first 24 to 72 hours, yet they are still contagious during that time, so you can catch it even if you avoid sick people! Otherwise, wash your hands frequently, stay away from crowds when there is a flu outbreak in your area and don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • When should I visit the doctor?

As we mentioned earlier, the flu virus can be deadly. Don’t hesitate to see the doctor if your symptoms are severe, aren’t improving after a week or you have a fever for more than 3 days. If you have difficulty breathing, have trouble keeping foods/liquids down or have trouble swallowing, you should also see the doctor.

Jayhawk Pharmacy encourages everyone to stay healthy during the flu season. For more ways to stay healthy, visit our online catalog.

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