Mustangs must protect themselves for flu

Sydney Davis and Donna Dunkum– Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Flu season has started and it’s very important Mustangs take precautions all the way through March to prevent getting sick.

The flu is a contagious respiratory disease that attacks the lungs, nose, and throat. There are more than three million cases in the U.S. per year. Young children, pregnant women, and those who have a weak immune system are at higher risk of getting the flu.

Coughing, sneezing, handshakes, hugs, kissing, and sharing drinks are many of the ways the flu can spread.

The main difference between the flu and cold is the flu typically comes with a high fever. Runny noses and nasal congestion will come along with a cold. Vomiting is associated with the common cold, but can be present in flu.

Early symptoms include of the flu include:

High fever, muscle aches, congestion, runny nose, and headaches.

LRHS school nurse Andrea Stratton strongly recommended, “If you have a high fever or any other symptoms of the flu, stay home. The flu shot is a precaution you can take to prevent from getting the flu. If you already have the flu, I suggest going to the doctor to get Tamiflu.”

According to the Florida Department of Health, “Tamiflu is a prescription medicine used to treat the flu (influenza) in people two weeks of age and older who have had flu symptoms for no more than two days. Tamiflu can also reduce the chance of getting the flu in people one year and older.

Tamiflu does not prevent bacterial infections that may happen with the flu.

Tamiflu is not recommended for people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who are not receiving dialysis.”

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