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What’s going around: Influenza

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(WKOW) -- Medical providers urge you to take care of your health in the new year as flu season begins to peak.

According to the CDC, influenza activity is high in Wisconsin.

Dr. Farhana Hamid-Scanlin DNP, FNP-BC, APNP at Beloit Area Community Health Center said the flu virus spreads when someone who has it coughs or sneezes and those tiny droplets land on another person.

You may have a hard time distinguishing flu symptoms from cold symptoms as they are similar. They include the following:

  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Chills
  • Possible fever

Dr. Hamid-Scalin said flu symptoms come on quicker and more extreme. If you think you have the flu, your medical provider will be able to diagnose you.

Your medical provider may give you an antiviral medicine to treat the flu, but Dr. Hamid-Scanlin said typically the best remedies are rest, hydration and pain relievers. Most people will begin to feel better in a week.

To avoid getting the flu, keep your hands washed and away from your face.

Dr. Hamid-Scanlin warned, the flu could develop into more serious complications like pneumonia. The most at risk are infants, pregnant women, seniors and anyone with a compromised immune system.

Medical providers still encourage you to get flu shot if you haven't already as the season can last into the spring months.

Caroline Bach

Anchor, Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend

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