Idaho December 14, 2019
Doctors Have Warned That Flu Season In Idaho Has Started Early And Is Hitting People Hard
As much as we love winters in Idaho, there’s one thing that we definitely do NOT love about this time of year: the flu. Unfortunately, it looks like the flu is making an early appearance in several states across the country, and Idahoans will want to be prepared. This early start to flu season means that there’s no room for procrastination when it comes to taking preventative measures. After all, you don’t want to end up spending a good chunk of the winter snuffly, sneezy, and sick! Read on to learn about where the flu has sprung up recently and what you can do to stay healthy.
The flu season is off to an irregularly early start this year and doctors are warning people to take proper measures. With more influenza activity recorded last month than any November since 2009, this year's flu is not messing around.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu has already been spotted in nearly all 50 states this year. In fact, the last week of November saw at least 10 states with "widespread" influenza activity.
Idaho was not one of these widespread states, but regional influenza activity was recorded in the Gem State along with more than a dozen other states. In this case, regional activity is defined by at least two regions of the state that have reported upticks in the virus.
This news is definitely no bueno, especially since we're in the thick of the holiday season. If you have yet to get your flu shot for the year, you'll want to head to your local pharmacy ASAP. Doctors advise that the flu shot is the absolute best way to avoid getting sick.
It's important to remember that there's a big difference between the common cold and influenza. Being sick with the flu is nasty business and can often keep you at home for several days. The flu's effects are even worse among children and the elderly, even causing fatalities in some instances.
Symptoms of the flu include fever, sore throat, sore muscles, fatigue, coughing, and chills. The best treatment for the flu consists of lots of fluids and rest, but it's best to avoid the disease altogether by getting your flu shot and practicing proper hygiene.
Flu shots are offered everywhere for little to no cost, so stop by your local pharmacy soon to get yours. The vaccination usually takes around two weeks to take effect, so if you get it now you should definitely be good for the New Year. Don't delay!
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