Seasonal Influenza on Rise, Tips for What You Can Do

MIDLAND, Mich. – Currently, cases of seasonal influenza activity are on the rise both locally and across the nation. This follows a severe season in Australia during our summer. And, while headlines for the last few years have focused mostly on COVID-19, the flu remains the most common infectious disease in the United States. In fact, the CDC is estimating 13 million flu illnesses from numbers already being reported.

“Cold and flu season has most definitely arrived, a ‘tripledemic’ as many like to call it with flu, RSV and COVID-19,” said Paul Berg, M.D., chief medical officer, MyMichigan Health. “We monitor our numbers at each of our Medical Center locations, as well as our testing sites including urgent care. Although our locations are busy, we’re absolutely here to help our communities in any way that we can.”

Symptoms of the flu may include fever/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, and vomiting/diarrhea.

“If you test positive for the flu, we recommend staying at home to reduce the spread,” said Dr. Berg “We also encourage you get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, apply heating pads to alleviate aches, use a humidifier to reduce coughing and nasal congestion, wash your hands regularly, and consider using a mask if you are around others,” said Dr. Berg.

Over the counter medicines can also assist in managing flu symptoms.

“Acetaminophen and NSAIDs will certainly help reduce a fever and can also help with headaches or body aches. You may also find nasal sprays, cough suppressants and oral decongestants helpful, as well,” continued Dr. Berg.

While the flu can typically be taken care of at home, it’s important to monitor symptoms and avoid contact with others. Those with the flu can be contagious for a day before symptoms start to up to a week after.

“If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call your doctor,” said Dr. Berg. “And, please don’t forget – it’s never too late to get a flu shot. The majority of influenza viruses tested is similar to the influenza viruses included in this season’s influenza vaccine.”

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