Tips for Avoiding Cold and Flu

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Flu season has been especially harsh the past couple of years, and we are bracing ourselves for another round as we get deeper into fall. Dr. Brian Aldred of Five Star ER joined us in the studio to tell us what to look out for and how to protect ourselves. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and March. Anyone can get the flu, and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age. Some people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick; this includes people 65 years and older, pregnant women, young children and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

Common Flue Signs & Symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

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