Flu season is upon us. Our country is experiencing widespread and intense influenza activity. Historically the peak months for the influenza virus are between October and March. Each year the influenza virus changes genetically. Therefore, last year's vaccination will not be able to combat this year's virus efficiently. Getting a yearly flu shot allows the body to build up immunity to the most recent strain of the influenza virus.
The CDC states that common symptoms of this year's virus include:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills (not everyone with flu will have fever)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Vomiting and diarrhea, although this is more common in children than adults
Protect your body, and save yourself some trouble by scheduling an appointment this month to get the latest influenza vaccination.
Additionally, if you or a loved one are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please schedule an appointment to be seen as soon as possible. Our phone number is (606)785-9440.
For more information regarding the influenza virus please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/current.htm