The Flu Continues!

I’ve dedicated a couple of posts in the past few weeks in regards to the flu, but due to the extreme outbreak of the flu this year, I decided to talk about it one more time.

As you can see from this map the dark red represents a severe outbreak. Chances are if you are reading this you are probably in a severe area.

Here are the symptoms of the flu. It’s important to note as some people often confuse a cold with the flu.

High fever
Aches and pains in joints and muscles
Overall weakness
Watery eyes
Warm flushed skin
Dry cough

What to do if you get the flu?

Try to stay away from others (except for medical care professionals)
Get plenty of rest (normal time for it to run it’s course is 5-7 days)
Drink lots of water
Take pain medicine (not Aspirin) for body aches
If you find yourself really sick, you can see a doctor who can prescribe some antiviral medication.

The good news is that most experts believe the outbreak has peaked and expect to see number of cases fall over the next few days and weeks. Until then, wash your hands all the time, don’t touch your face, and cover your mouth with your sleeve when you sneeze or cough.

If you live in or near Nashville, TN and feel like you might have the flu feel free to contact our office for an evaluation.

Here’s To Your Health

Dr. K Bennett