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Flu: Signs, Symptoms and Prevention Tips

The Flu (influenza) is a highly contagious infectious respiratory illness. A few known signs and symptoms of the flu are the following: 

  • Fever 
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches or body aches 
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal Congestion 
  • Cough 
  • Runny nose 

How is the Flu transmitted? 

Typically the flu spreads when someone infected with the virus coughs or sneezes. Another mode of transmission is via touching an object or surface with the flu virus on it and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

When is the peak season for the flu? 

December, January and February. Thus it has been  typically recommended that the vaccine is acquired by the end of october. 

What measures should you take to prevent the flu? 
Wash your hands with soap and water and do so often 
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects.  
  • Avoid / limit close contact with individuals who are showing signs and symptoms of the flu
Refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs 
  • The flu vaccine may help prevent the flu or make your illness less severe 
  • The flu vaccine can also prevent the likelihood of hospitalization or more sever complications  

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