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Flu numbers continue to increase. Last week, AdventHealth Centra Care locations saw 551 positive flu tests. What’s even worse is that cases of pneumonia, a possible complication of the flu have also increased. If you haven’t already, get your flu shot this week. It is proven to be the best prevention against the dreaded virus. Another very easy way to prevent the spread of the flu is to wash your hands often. The flu is very contagious. People carrying the influenza virus can spread the flu beginning 1 day before they notice flu symptoms and for up to 5 to 7 days after getting sick. Flu symptoms present very quickly, and are much more severe than cold symptoms.
Common Flu Symptoms Include:
- High fever
- Severe aches and pains
- Exhaustion, fatigue and weakness
- Chest discomfort
Symptoms can also include: sneezing, sore throat and stuffy nose, however these aren’t as common.
Centra Care has a quick influenza test, which can tell you within minutes if you have the flu. The earlier you are diagnosed can make a difference in how long the flu lasts or how severe it may become. Prescription anti-viral medications are very effective in shortening the duration of flu, BUT you need to start the medication within 48 hours of symptom onset for maximum efficacy. Walk in to any Centra Care location, or make an appointment online if you suspect you or a family member may have the flu.