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Flu Season Is Here

Flu season is here and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity is high and the number of flu related illnesses continues to rise. Flu activity usually peaks between December and February, but can last into May.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness and can easily be transmitted to others. It is important to know how you can protect yourself and others from the flu and help stop the spread of the flu virus. The single best way to prevent getting the flu is to receive the flu shot every year. The flu shot can be administered anytime during the winter months and is available at Penn Medicine Princeton Medicine Physicians offices.

Here are additional steps that you can take to decrease your chances of catching and/or spreading the flu:

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick. The CDC recommends you stay home 24 hours after your fever is gone (without the need for fever-reducing medication).
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.

 

When to seek medical care 

Flu symptoms such as: sore throat, fever over 100.5°, chills, headache, muscle aches, congestion, cough, and fatigue can last for one to two weeks. If you are experiencing flu like symptoms that are not going away or these symptoms become worse, please seek medical attention.

For prompt treatment of minor illnesses, such as the flu, Penn Medicine Princeton Medicine Physicians Express Care in Plainsboro, accepts urgent care walk-ins from current patients of all Princeton Medicine Physicians practice locations. The office is staffed by board certified physicians and nurse practitioners and is open seven days a week. For more information on Express Care or to schedule an appointment please call 609.853.7272.

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