We have heard so much about the flu this year and we should take it very seriously. In this day and age it is hard to believe people are dying from the flu -- not just older people, but younger people, also. It seems to be wide spread and dozens of deaths have been caused by the flu. Cases of flu have been reported in every county in Arkansas.
I am one of those people who plans on getting a flu shot but don't seem to get around to it. I am right there to tell my mother and my husband not to forget to get their flu shots, but then I neglect my own.
Flu symptoms include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and some (mostly children) may experience vomiting and diarrhea.
It has been reported the hospitals are full with people suffering from severe cases of the flu and evidently it is very easy to spread and hard to get rid of. Some schools have closed due to the amount of flu among teachers.
I read an article about the flu season informing me flu increases in October and November and peaks between December and March. We are in the peak season. I also read another article predicting the flu season could even go into May this year.
Steps we can take to prevent getting the flu is avoiding close contact, especially with anyone who is ill and cleaning our hands for 15 seconds with soap, warm water and vigorous rubbing.
We should always cover our mouth when we cough or sneeze. I've been spraying door knobs with disinfectant spray and wiping counters with the disinfectant wipes. I don't know if it helps, but I know it can't hurt.
I appreciate some of the stores that provide wipes for the shopping carts. I am sure that is one way germs are spread.
If we have symptoms, we really do need to stay home and away from people.
Several years ago I had the flu. I actually went to the doctor and got tested. Anyone who knows me well, knows I rarely go to the doctor. When those flu symptoms hit me I was ready to go. The test came back positive and with medicine, I was still in bed for two days.
It was then I found out the difference in wondering if I had the flu and actually having the flu. Evidently I had just had colds before. The flu hit quickly. We can be feeling fine and in just a couple of hours, we are sick. I did hear this morning (Thursday) it is not too late to get the flu shot.
I do caution everyone to be aware of the flu bug -- it can be very serious. Let's all do our part to try to stay healthy.