Watch Out for the Flu!

Written By: Hannah Rashid
8th Grade
December 18, 2018

Have you ever had the flu? Many people have experienced this contagious respiratory illness; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were about 49 million cases during 2017-2018. The flu can cause mild symptoms in some people, and in some cases, lead to death. In 2017-2018 there were about 79,000 deaths caused from the flu.

Common symptoms to watch for are fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, muscle/body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Some people may experience vomiting or diarrhea. Emergency warning signs in children are fevers with a rash, bluish skin color, and fast breathing. In adults, warning signs include sudden dizziness, confusion, severe vomiting, and chest pain. If experiencing emergency warning signs, seek medical attention.

When you have the flu, stay home and rest. Most people do not need medical care because they have a mild case. Instead, possible treatments called “antiviral drugs” can be beneficial early on. The medication lessens symptoms and shortens the time that you are sick.  

Nobody wants to suffer from influenza. To prevent it, you can receive a yearly flu vaccine, or avoid contact with sick people. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands with soap and water, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Influenza is an illness that nobody wants to go through, especially on winter break, so make sure that you are doing everything you can to prevent this illness.