Have you already been a victim of the flu this season? You are not alone. Around 20% of the US citizens catch the flu every year.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention keeps track of the number of people who caught the flu. This season alone, from October to January 6,150,000 to 7,280,000 (!) people have shown flu symptoms.
After reading that insane number, it should come as no surprise that the flu spreads easily from person to person. When an infected person, talks, sneezes, or coughs, you can inhale the invisible germs and catch the virus in a jiffy.
Only one to three days later you'll know if you did catch the flu. This is called the incubation time. The time it takes before the symptoms start to manifest itself.
Symptoms you may notice if you catch the flu include:
- An intense headache
- Muscle aches and general pains
- Fatigue and exhaustion
And of course, the most prominent of the flu is a fever. Often around 100℉ or a little higher.
It's essential to keep an eye on a fever—especially if it's a child. You need a reliable thermometer to do this. Both a non-contact and a rectal thermometer are the perfect tool when it comes to giving you accurate measurements.
Keep in mind that if a baby younger than six months has a fever, it's important to contact your doctor immediately.
Even though the flu sometimes feels inescapable—especially if your kids are already in bed burning up—there are some things you can do it prevent it or make it less severe.
- Exercise: It boosts your immune system.
- Wash your hands: Especially after coughing or sneezing.
- Rest: Make sure to get plenty of sleep.
- Vitamins and minerals: Eat enough fruit and vegetables to strengthen your immune system.
Once you've caught the flu, there's not much you can do but to take enough rest, drink enough fluids, and wait it out.
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