Colds and flu (influenza) can present many unpleasant symptoms. Our healthcare providers will determine the cause of your symptoms and provide treatment options to get you feeling better and back to your normal activities as quickly as possible.
Symptoms you may experience with flu include:
- Body aches
- Feeling tired and weak
- Runny nose or congestion
- Sore throat
Flu is caused by viruses spread through inhaling droplets from the air or touching a surface the virus is on and then touching your face, nose, or mouth.
Risk factors for getting flu include the following:
Age. Children aged six months to five years and adults 65 and older are more prone to getting flu.
People who work in settings like healthcare, prisons, schools, or nursing homes are more likely to be exposed to flu.
Those with weakened immune systems from other conditions or who take immunosuppressive medications are at higher risk for flu.
Obesity. People who are overweight tend to have higher complications from flu.
Some things you can do to prevent the spread of the flu and decrease your chances of getting the flu include:
- Frequent handwashing
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean surfaces regularly
- Avoid crowds when possible