It’s shaping up to be an aggressive flu season, with more cases predicted than in recent years. Don’t spend the holidays sick in bed. Timing could be everything when it comes to staying flu-free. Dr. Alejandro Perez-Trepichio has advice to help prepare us to fight the flu.

“Flu or influenza did not go away during the Pandemic,” says Millennium Physician Group Chief Medical Officer Alejandro Perez-Trepichio. “It just wasn’t as prominent. Certainly, in the last couple weeks, we have seen an increase in the number of cases of flu.”

Some flu symptoms, like fever, muscle ache, body ache, and headaches, can be the same as a common cold or even COVID-19, but the treatments are different. If you’re experiencing symptoms, it’s best to get tested and confirm your diagnosis with your primary-care provider.

“Let your primary care physician determine what is the right process to follow,” advises Dr. Perez-Trepichio.

Better yet, increase your chances of preventing the flu in the first place by getting your annual flu vaccine, which is recommended annually for everyone 6 months and older.

“It’s extremely important you remember one thing,” warns Dr. Perez-Trepichio. “COVID vaccine is important, but so is the flu. When is the best time to get it? Yesterday.”

 

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