Yes, flu season (Influenza) started already but it peaks from after Thanksgiving to March, so please have a read.

Need to heed the following, if you do not want the join the roughly 5 million Americans who get the flu. You definitely do not want to be the one of the 49,000 that dies for it and complications from it!

I act as if everyone I meet could have the flu. Why well before you ‘come down’ with most illness including the ‘flu’ you are contagious spreading that is ‘shedding’ in medical speaks. Even more concerning after you ‘come down’ -have it – you are shedding the ‘flu’ virus for days -actually up to a week.

A bit of clarification so we are all on the same page:

a ‘stomach flu’ that is nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea along with cramps- IS NOT the flu for which you should have gotten a ‘shot’ for. Different viruses families and maybe even a bacteria like Salmonella cause ‘stomach flu = gastroenteritis.

There are 3 families of influenza virus:

Type A – infects other animals – birds, pigs horses

Type B – infects humans

Type C – a mild virus minimal or no symptoms

(Do not equate this type C with type C Hepatitis virus)

 

Be smart always but especially flu season