We’ve all struggled with the flu at some point in our lives, but the flu is nothing to take lightly. Each year, millions worldwide contract the viral infection and almost 650,000 of those affected die. Dr. Daniel Obi-Ofodile at Rapid Response Urgent Care in Pearland, Texas, can provide prompt diagnosis and treatment for your flu symptoms. Influenza can be deadly for the young, elderly, or immunocompromised, so fast treatment is essential for the best outcomes. Call to schedule your consultation or visit the office today.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a viral infection that affects your respiratory system. There are numerous strains of the flu with some causing more severe symptoms than others.
Gastroenteritis -- what we tend to call a “stomach flu” -- is not actually caused by the influenza virus.
Influenza is an airborne viral infection present throughout the year, but it tends to be more common during the fall and winter months.
As an airborne virus, it usually enters your body through airborne droplets and is easily spread when an infected person laughs, sneezes, or coughs. These particles can stick around on surfaces as well, making viral transmission easy from hand to mouth, nose, or eyes.
A few factors can put you at a greater risk of contracting the flu. These factors include:
Younger children and the elderly are more susceptible to seasonal flu.
There is a greater likelihood of contracting the flu virus if you live or work in a crowded area.
People with weakened immune systems have a more difficult time fighting off the flu and might encounter more serious complications.
Flu symptoms are most often associated with a combination of symptoms, including:
Complications from the flu can include pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infections, and other respiratory problems.
The best way to fight the flu is through prevention. Vaccinations can help ward off a given year’s flu or make symptoms much less severe. The influenza virus is constantly evolving, so you’ll need a new vaccine each year to combat new or predominant strains.
Avoiding large crowds and washing your hands regularly is another approach to avoid the flu. This is especially important during flu season. Face masks can also help prevent inhalation of the virus.
If you do come down with the flu, plenty of rest and liquids tends to be the best approach to recovery. If you have a particularly severe case of the flu, Dr. Obi-Ofodile might prescribe antiviral medications to help you fight off the infection.
Don’t take any chances with the flu this season. Get your vaccination at Rapid Response Urgent Care in Pearland, Texas, or stop by for fast and effective treatment.