Cold And Flu Season Just Getting Started
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on October 05, 2012 @ 8:42PM
Created on October 05, 2012 @ 6:29PM
With cooler weather on the way this weekend, it's time to get ready for cold and flu season. Doctors say some folks around here have already had both.
The cold and flu season typically runs from October to March so it's just now starting to get underway.
The common cold and the flu are caused by viruses and are highly contagious. To avoid getting both, doctors suggest that you wash your hands regularly and avoid contact with people who are sick. You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible as these are areas where the virus can enter your body. They also say it's very important to get a flu shot.
"The advantage for the community is we protect so many even if we don't ourselves get the flu by being vaccinated. We protect our elderly community, and we protect our children" says Mark Povroznik, Infectious Disease Specialist at United Hospital Center.
Flu shots are recommended for anyone 6 months or older and are especially important for anyone older than 65, pregnant women, and young children. If you do find yourself with a case of the cold or flu, there are some things you can do to get relief from your symptoms. Over-the-counter medications will take care of most symptoms until the illness passes. If you're sick for more than a week, you should talk to your doctor to make sure you don't have a more serious illness like pneumonia or a bacterial infection. It is also advised that you stay home while sick to avoid spreading your sickness to others. You should also rest and drink plenty of water to help fight it. even though it is early in the season, some folks have already been suffering.
"I had a really bad stuffy head then it went to my chest, and I had to be put on an antibiotic and took some cough medicine, that type stuff" said Terri Keefover of Bridgeport.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 5 - 20% of people across the country will end up with the flu this season so the sooner you get your flu shot, the better.
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