flu season

It is about that time of year when we start hearing the dreaded three-letter word being used—flu. However, there are steps you can take to try and prevent the flu before it attacks you and your loved ones.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Dedham wants to offer you tips on how you can take action now to reduce your chances of getting the flu virus this season.

What Is the Flu?

The flu virus is a contagious respiratory disease, otherwise known as influenza.

Because a person can actually be contagious with the flu a day before symptoms even appear, it is important to practice good hygiene and seek medical attention ASAP as soon as symptoms appear.

Symptoms of the Flu

  • Fever over 100.4 F
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills and sweats
  • Headache
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat

How Can the Flu Be Prevented?

Your best defense against the flu is an annual flu shot. The flu vaccine is reformulated each year to protect against the strains of the flu predicted to be most common during a given season.

It’s best to get your flu shot before the end of October each year, allowing your body to build up antibodies before the flu season really gets in full swing.

Other Ways to Fend Off the Flu

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Follow a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Cook meats thoroughly

Do you think you might be suffering from the flu? Visit AFC Urgent Care Dedham for a medical diagnosis and treatment plan to get you feeling as good as new!