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The Flu Is Coming ... Everything You Need to Know

Posted by The Urgency Room on Thursday, January 3, 2019
Updated on: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Keywords: flu influenza flu season health

Be Aware

Just about the time the relatives leave, the tree is put away and your New Year’s Resolutions kick in, it arrives: the flu.

Last Year & This Year

Last year was bad, REAL BAD. More than 6,400 people in our state were hospitalized because of the flu. Even worse is the fact that five children died. Nationally the CDC estimated at least 80,000 Americans died (180 children) of flu-related complications last winter. The numbers in from the Minnesota Department of Health so far this year show we are just approaching the spike in flu cases.

This year –There’s still time
Doctors at The Urgency Room’s three locations in the Twin Cities are already seeing many patients with influenza-like symptoms, which is, to be blunt, leaves you feeling absolutely awful. Imagine days of body aches, coughing, a sore throat, headaches and no desire to do anything.

That’s why it’s important to know how you can protect yourself and loved ones this year.  There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of contracting the flu.  Make sure you are educated and understand how you can safeguard yourself and those around you.

Protect Yourself

There is still time to get the flu shot.  We expect to see the flu peak in the next several weeks, which means you can still protect yourself.  This year they are expecting that the shot can protect you up to 50% of the time against the flu.  This number is higher than in previous years making it even more important.  AND …if you happen to be one of those who received the flu shot and still get influenza, you can expect the severity of the virus to be significantly less.  Rather than suffering for a week to 10 days with the flu, the shot can minimize the duration of the effects to a matter of DAYS. This is huge. 

Stop the Spread

The flu definitely spreads fast through households so if you or a member if your family happens to get the flu do you best to keep infected family members away from others as much as possible.  Continuously wash down shared and exposed surfaces frequently and use anti-bacterial hand sanitizer multiple times a day.  One sick person in the family is bad enough, so do your best to keep the rest of you in the clear! 

Know When to Seek Help

The very young, people with pre-existing conditions and the elderly are at an increased risk of complications when it comes to the flu.  Because influenza can make you feel so awful it can be difficult to know when it’s part of the virus or when it’s turned into something else.  If you are in one of these categories and experiencing difficulties it is always best to see a doctor.  At The Urgency Room we can perform multiple tests to ensure it has not developed into something more.  If you have had the flu for more than 10 days and are continuing to feel WORSE, come and see us, as you reach the end of the flu’s path you should not continue to have an increase in severity.  Come see us right away if you have concerns. 

At The Urgency Room, we’re here for you.  We know you can take all the right steps and still end up feeling lousy with the flu and/or possibly end up with something worse.  Make sure you get the flu shot and take as many steps as you can to protect yourself during this 2019 flu season.  Always remember, we’re here if you need us in Eagan, Woodbury and Vadnais Heights.  We’re open every day from 8 AM to 10 PM.

 

 

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