Influenza can make you, your children, or your parents really sick.
Influenza usually comes on suddenly. Symptoms can include high fever, chills, headaches, exhaustion, sore throat, cough, and all over body aches. Some people say, “It felt like a truck hit me!” Symptoms can also be mild. Regardless, when the flu strikes your family, the result is lost time from work or school.
Influenza spreads easily.
An infected person can spread the flu when they cough, by sneezing or by touching an object that someone else later touches. An infected person doesn’t have to feel sick to be contagious. They can spread the virus to others when they feel well, even without any noticeable symptoms.
Influenza could lead to hospitalization or evens death.
Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized in the U.S. with the flu. There are between 3,000 and 50,000 fatal cases, which shows how unpredictable it can be. The people most likely to be hospitalized and/or die from complications are infants, young children, older adults, and people of all ages who have conditions such as heart or lung disease. But remember, it’s not just the youngest, oldest, or sickest who die. Every year influenza kills people who are otherwise healthy.
Influenza can be protected.
There’s no substitute for yearly vaccination in protecting the people you love from the flu. Vaccination will help keep you and your loved ones safe from a potentially deadly disease.
Don’t take chances. Get vaccinated.
Trophy Club Family Medicine still has influenza vaccine available. Call today to schedule for your vaccination appointment at 817-430-9111.
Technical content reviewed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention