The Best Defense Against the Flu

Summer has ended and fall is upon us, bringing its good friend, the Flu. Every year doctor’s offices, hospitals, and urgent care facilities are full of people carrying this awful virus, miserable from all of its symptoms. But there is always hope, and Hamilton Community Health Network is making it a point to keep as many people informed and protected from this virus.

The flu vaccination is a critical tool in reducing the risk of the flu, flu related illnesses and even various cardiac occurrences. Dr. Jaspreet Mann, of Hamilton Community Health Network’s Lapeer clinic, encourages her patients and everyone to get a flu shot, stating that the best way to prevent the flu and spreading it is by getting vaccinated each year.

Some will say that it’s common place for weather changes to bring about certain symptoms, or that the symptoms they are experiencing are more than likely just the “common cold”, however, Dr. Mann wants people to understand that any type of symptom during flu season is something to monitor. Thankfully she has differentiated the symptoms of the cold versus the flu to help you do so.

The Flu:

  • Sudden onset of symptoms
  • Sore Throat
  • Occasional Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Severe Chest Discomfort
  • Body Aches and Pains
  • Weakness, Fatigue
  • Fever, Headache and Chills

The Cold:

  • Gradual Onset
  • Sore Throat
  • Sneezing/Congestion
  • Hacking Cough
  • Mild Chest Discomfort
  • Mild Weakness
  • Head and Nose Sickness
  • One to Three days of Discomfort

When you’re feeling under the weather, be sure to see your doctor if your symptoms get worse, such as your fever gets better then worse, your symptoms aren’t improving, you have a thick mucus-filled cough, or pain in a specific area. Go to the emergency room if you have difficulty breathing, chest pain, confusion, severe vomiting, dizziness, stiff neck or lose consciousness. Remember, staying home is important. First, it allows your body to heal, and secondly, you don’t expose others to your germs and sickness. So, go ahead, grab a blanket and binge that show you’ve wanted to watch, it’s the doctor’s orders.