What's Going Around: Flu

By: Bo Sykes - Email
By: Bo Sykes - Email

January 2, 2012

Flu season has arrived and doctors have a warning for people who still haven't gotten a flu shot.

Doctor Laura Howard from Palmyra Medical Associates said it's not too late to get protection from the flu virus.

According to Doctor Howard, symptoms of the flu include sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever, and aches and pains.

Anyone can get the flu, but people most at risk include children under age 5, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, patients with chronic medical conditions, and healthcare workers.

But you can take steps to prevent getting the flu.

The most effective way to prevent getting the virus is to get a flu shot. This years vaccination includes coverage for three strains including H1N1.

Also, don't forget to wash your hands and cover your cough.

According to Doctor Howard, flu shots could have side effects and to consult your doctor. Also, even if you are a healthy adult, doctors suggest getting the flu shot if you're surrounded by people who may be more at risk, such as kids and the elderly.

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