You don’t feel well but aren’t sure if it’s a cold or the flu. While both are contagious, the flu (influenza) comes on suddenly and often brings with it a list of other flu symptoms, including body aches, headache, chills, fever, sore throat, and stuffy or runny nose.
Certain people have a higher risk for flu-related complications. Older adults and young children, along with those with a weakened immune system and chronic medical conditions, should get immediate emergency care at a Dignity Health St. John's ER.
Treating Your Influenza Virus at Dignity Health St. John's
Did you know that influenza viruses can spread up to six feet away? A sneeze, cough, or talking can carry a virus, as can touching a contaminated object and then touching your mouth or nose. Since you become infectious one day before influenza symptoms appear, you can pass along the flu to others before you even realize you are sick.
Your annual flu shot is the best way to prevent getting influenza. Hand washing and staying away from others who are sick can help safeguard you as well.
Dignity Health St. John's emergency doctors have special concern for those at risk of developing serious influenza-related problems. If you have any of the conditions mentioned earlier or are expecting a baby, it is important to get medical treatment as soon as possible.
You can avoid the flu by taking a few, easy steps for your health and well-being. For your annual flu shot, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health St. John's.