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Preparing for Flu Season

The onset of the fall and winter months in the U.S. also means flu season has arrived. Contracting the flu can result in a host of symptoms, including fever, body aches, a sore throat, fatigue. Preparing for flu season ahead of time by taking certain precautions can potentially reduce your likelihood of getting sick. Dr. Tomas Rios and Dr. Nicolin Neal, the skilled providers at Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, can help you take steps to safeguard yourself during flu season.

Symptoms of the Flu

Several symptoms are associated with the flu. However, not everyone will always develop the same symptoms. For example, some individuals might have a fever while others do not. Common symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue

Children sometimes also experience vomiting or diarrhea when they have the flu. These symptoms can occur in adults as well, but it is less common for them to have either of these in conjunction with the flu.

It is important to note that many of the symptoms associated with the flu also occur with the common cold and it can be difficult to differentiate between the two. One notable difference is that the symptoms of a cold tend to develop gradually, while flu symptoms come on quickly. See one of the experienced doctors at our office in Houston, TX, for diagnosis and treatment if you develop any of the symptoms associated with the flu. Our providers can determine whether you have a cold or the flu and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Flu Prevention

One of the best ways to prepare for the upcoming flu season is to take measures to safeguard yourself against getting sick. By taking certain precautions, you might be able to prevent the flu from affecting you. Steps for preventing the flu include:

  • Get a flu shot early
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain a safe distance from others who are ill
  • Disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched (e.g., doorknobs and remote controls)

Another way to prepare for flu season is to maintain good health, which can contribute to a stronger immune system. Ways to stay healthy include getting enough rest, exercising regularly, staying hydrated, and eating a balanced diet rich in healthy foods. It is also helpful to avoid or quit smoking, which can decrease your immune system’s response to the influenza virus and other viruses.

We can help you prepare for flu season by administering a flu shot and helping you take preventative precautions. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rios or Dr. Neal, call Rios Healthcare Associates in Houston, TX, at (832) 323-9230.