Flu season is on the rise, read along to further understand the cause of the flu and how one could go about avoiding it.
Influenza, or (flu) is an infection that attacks your nose, throat, and lungs. It’s good to point out early on that the flu has no type of correlation with a stomach flu virus that causes diarrhea and vomiting.
The flu virus usually targets younger children under age 5, and especially those under 2 years. Adults over the age of 65, residents of nursing homes, women who are pregnant, weak immune systems, people with chronic illnesses, and people that are obese are targeted as well.
Usually, the flu would have similarities as the common cold such as a runny nose or a sore throat. However, cold develops at a slower rate; the flue has a tendency of suddenly occurring, and when it hits, you’d wish you had a cold instead.
Just a couple of the most common signs and symptoms of the flue are headaches, aching muscles, persistent coughing, nasal congestions, and sore throats. It’s important to know that if you’re consistently having these symptoms, go see a doctor as soon as possible.
Causes of the Flu
The flu virus travels from one person with the infection to the next by sneezing and coughing. You can also catch the infection by simply picking up the germs from a nearby object and transferring it to your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Flu Season Risk Factors
Factors that could increase your risk during the flu season:
- Age – Usually, older adults and young children are targeted
- Living/working conditions – People working in environments that are exposed to the flu such as nursing homes or military barracks.
- Chronic illnesses – Chronic conditions like asthma or diabetes could potentially increase your risk of getting the flu.
- Pregnancy – Women that are pregnant in their second or third trimesters are likely to develop the infection as well.
- Obesity – A BMI of 40 or more will increase the risk of getting the flu also.
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of the flu, contact LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent Care at 708-352-0330. When you make an appointment at LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent Care, you will be seen by a licensed physician. Our Urgent Care is open Monday through Saturday. We are located at 6170 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525.