Flu Season Takes Its Toll on Tewksbury
Jan 19, 2015 12:46PM
By Kieran Gilman
(Editor's Note: The following information comes from the Tewksbury Board of Health.)
The Flu is here and residents in Tewksbury have definitely been affected.
Have you received your Flu Shot? If not, they are still available at the Tewksbury Health Department and in local pharmacies. It is important for some who are more likely to have a problem resulting from the flu to get immunized including:
- Children 6 months-18 years
- People 50 years or older
- Pregnant women
- People with other health problems
- It is also important to get a flu shot if you live with or take care of the above groups.
The Flu is caused by a virus that infects your lungs, nose and throat. It comes on very quickly and makes you feel very sick. Symptoms of the Flu include: Fever, tiredness/weakness, muscle and joint aches, dry cough, headache, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose
A Cold is caused by germs that affect your nose more than any other part of your body. Symptoms of a cold include: stuffy nose, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, wet cough.
The best prevention is to get the flu shot, wash your hands often with soap and water; cover your cough or sneeze, and keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
If you are sick, stay home; you can spread the flu even if you feel better. Adults can spread the flu for about 5 days and kids can spread for 7 days. Call your doctor if you think you are coming down with the flu. You may be able to be treated with an antiviral to decrease the severity of the illness. Pneumonia can be a serious side effect of the flu. Ask your doctor if you also should get the pneumonia shot.