Let’s Take on Flu Season.

We can do it – together.

It’s that time of year. Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is taking a toll on Oklahoma. In fact, the CDC has rated this year’s flu activity as high. Not only that, the season isn’t over yet. And for certain vulnerable people, the flu isn’t just inconvenient – but deadly.

Best way to protect yourself? Get a flu shot, every year. Even if the strain of the virus circulating isn’t the shot you received, you’ll have more protection than if you didn’t get vaccinated.

Find a doctor – before you get the flu.

If you don’t have a physician to call your own, get one. Don’t wait until you’re sick to try to find a doctor. While an urgent care facility can help you when you have the flu, it’s really just a bandage. The best thing for your health is a physician who knows you and your unique health history. And we can help with that.

Is It the Flu or a Cold?

The symptoms of the flu come on suddenly and can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). If you think you have the flu, talk to your doctor ASAP. There’s a brief time in which viral medication can be effective.

Symptoms (in order of frequency):

  • Fever
  • Aches
  • Fatigue & Weakness
  • Chills
  • Chest Discomfort & Cough
  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Sore Throat

Source: CDC

Cold symptoms are usually milder than flu symptoms and appear more gradually. Colds are more associated with a runny or stuffy nose and generally do not result in serious health problems.

Symptoms (in order of frequency):

  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Fatigue & Weakness
  • Chest Discomfort & Cough
  • Aches
  • Chills (uncommon)
  • Fever (rare)
  • Headache (rare)

Source: CDC

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