This winter, there have been many people suffering from the flu. Although there are flu vaccinations available, it is important to know as much as you can about the flu and how to prepare for it. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by the influenza virus. It can be a mild to severe illness, and sometimes it can even lead to death. Flu activity is highest in January and February, but this year will be the worst year of the flu in a decade. The CDC recommends that everyone six months or older gets a flu vaccine every year. This is especially true for people with asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
Flu vaccines typically cost around $20. If you start to feel fatigue in the next few months, it’s important to go to the doctor sooner than later. Every patient is different, so doctors do blood work to verify what any underlying issues may be. It could be the flu, or it could be a hormonal imbalance, low testosterone, or something else completely. The important thing is to make sure you get the flu vaccination every year and make sure to wash your hands frequently to avoid the spread of germs. By doing things proactively, you can both avoid getting the flu and keep yourself from giving it to someone else.