By Luis G. de Jesus, MD
According to the CDC, as of January 2018, the Flu activity is widespread in most of the United States. Flu surveillance indicators are similar to what was seen in the 2014-2015 season, which was the most severe season in recent years.
Most people who get the flu will have mild illness and will recover in less than two weeks. Some people, however, are more likely to get flu complications that can result in hospitalization and sometimes death.
CDC continues to highly recommend flu vaccination as flu viruses are likely to continue circulating for several months. The flu vaccine cannot cause flu infection.
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, tiredness, vomiting and diarrhea. If you are having any of these symptoms, please call us or your primary care provider as soon as possible to get the best treatment for you, may it be staying home, supportive measures or anti-viral medications. Avoid spreading the flu by avoiding contact with people, covering mouth when coughing or sneezing and washing or sanitizing your hands.