The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is warning that this year's influenze season is starting earlier and seems to be peaking in January 2018. Here is some information about the flu and what you can do to prevent it.
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Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses. Flu season occurs in the fall and winter. The flu is different from the common cold- it causes a sudden onset of more severe symptoms.
A yearly flu vaccine is the best prevention for the illness and is recommended for all college students. Other ways you can protect yourself from the flu include staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing.
To find a local flu shot, search online: www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/flu-finder-widget.html
Use over the counter medications to treat symptoms
Fever, headache and body aches: Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin)
Nasal congestion: Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
Cough suppression: Dextromethorphan (Robitussin)
Mucous: Guaifenesin (Mucinex)
Complications of Flu
Bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions are potential complications of flu in people who are at higher risk. If you have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, asthma, JRA or a weakened immune system, you should be seen by a medical provider when sick.