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Jan 9 2014
Flu Basics

The flu season is upon us once again, and is expected to peak this month. One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. 

Common signs of the flu include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (more common in young children)

Many flu symptoms are similar to cold symptoms, and it can be difficult to tell the difference. However, flu symptoms tend to be a lot worse than symptoms of the common cold. When you have a cold, you might feel good enough to go to work; with the flu, you are so fatigued that you can’t get out of bed.

Some groups of people are more at risk of complications from the flu, including the elderly; young children, especially under the age of 2; pregnant women; and people with chronic health conditions, including asthma, COPD, bronchitis, heart disease and diabetes.

If you suspect you have the flu, seek medical attention if you are short of breath, unable to able to keep food down or if you fall into one of the high-risk categories mentioned above.

Learn more about the flu. 

Carroll Health Group Primary Care physician G. Panisri Rao, M.D., sees patients in Hampstead. To make an appointment, please call 410-374-0675.


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