From where to get a flu shot to tips to avoid the flu, we have info from the CDC, American Red Cross and local pharmacists about the seasonal flu. Check out this "Topics Page" for more information.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
We ask a local expert to debunk some myths about the flu bug.
With a lot of Floridians getting sick with the flu, we decided to address some modern folklore about the vius. St. Joseph's Hospital's infection prevention and control manager Liz Moseley agreed to answer questions about the flu. Patch: Does the flu shot cause the flu? Moseley: The flu shot cannot give you the flu. Common side effects from the flu shot are sore arm, low fever and achiness. The nasal-spray flu vaccine can cause side effects of runny nose, sore throat or cough. If someone does experience any of these side effects, they are mild and don’t last long. Patch: Is the stomach flu a form of the flu? Moseley: The stomach flu is not the same thing as Influenza. Signs and symptoms of flu (Influenza) are fever, cough, sore throat, …
Monday, January 14, 2013
The flu is sending kids homes from school and making offices the perfect cauldron for nasty germs. What are the signs and symptoms?
This season's bout of the flu comes with the classic symptoms: fatigue, body aches, a sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose and even vomiting. Some people get a fever. Diarrhea is more common in children. What to do if you get the flu If someone in the household has the flu, the Red Cross has this advice: For more information 1.) You should still get a flu shot The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting someone against flu viruses. Here are five local places to get your flu shot. 2.) Take steps to prevent the flu, including: