Make sure you know some of the most common flu symptoms so you can watch out for them.
Flu season is here and won’t be going anywhere for a couple more months. The flu, also called influenza, is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by flu viruses. It can lead to moderate to severe illness, and possibly even death. The flu typically comes on very suddenly, but knowing the symptoms can help you start fighting off the illness as soon as possible.
Some of the most common flu symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Body or muscle aches
While most people recover from the flu in a couple of days or weeks, others have much more serious issues. Those who develop serious issues are at risk of having to deal with complications, including bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear and sinus infections. Not only are these issues difficult to deal with on their own, but they can also worsen chronic health conditions. Watch out for these emergency warning signs with the flu that could require medical attention right away.
- Pressure or pain in your abdomen or chest.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
- Sudden dizziness.
- Persistent or severe vomiting.
- Common flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with worse coughing and a fever.
Everyone is at risk for the flu, but some people are at a higher risk of complications. Young children, people 65 years and older, pregnant women, and those who have certain chronic medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications.
For help finding the right Medicare plan that will keep you covered in case you get the flu this season, contact SeniorChoices NW in Wilsonville, Oregon. To help prevent the flu, make sure to get your annual flu shot, which is covered as a preventive service for Medicare beneficiaries!