Flu season gets into full swing from late fall to spring. At a time of the year when many of us are busier than ever, the flu can take us out of commission and wreck our plans. Worse yet, the flu can endanger our health and that of those around us. At Integra Urgent Care, we see many cases of influenza in the Dallas-Fort Worth area every year. Our goal is to help you avoid contracting and spreading the flu with these six tips.
What is the flu?
The flu is a viral respiratory infection. It’s spread via droplets through sneezing, coughing and talking. You can also get the flu from touching objects in the droplets’ path. Symptoms include the following:
The infection often lasts for a week or two, but complications can lead to even more serious illnesses. Bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, asthma attacks and even heart problems can result from a bout with the flu. Children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic illnesses are at the highest risk for flu complications.
What can I do?
The Integra Urgent Care team urges patients at our Dallas-Fort Worth-area clinics to take these six precautions to avoid the flu:
These six steps will help you avoid contracting and spreading the flu. Although it can be difficult to avoid places where you’re likely to come into contact with sick people, these precautions go a long way towards preventing the spread of this potentially dangerous viral infection. If you do become ill, Integra Urgent Care is here for you. With locations in Las Colinas, Weatherford, and Grand Prairie, TX, there’s an Integra clinic ready to serve you.