Spring Flu: What You Need to Know

What you need to know about the flue

The flu is getting a late start this season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  as of the week ending March 5th, the flu remains widespread in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and much of the country. To date, 539 people in Minnesota and 599 in Wisconsin have people hospitalized with flu-related symptoms.

We know that getting the flu is miserable and can sometimes make you dangerously sick.

Symptoms of the flu

  • Fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • very tired
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting (most common in young children or the elderly)

Most people are sick for 3 to 5 days and get better on their own, but when is the right time to see your doctor?

If you get sick with flu symptoms and are at high risk of flu complications or you are concerned about your illness, call your health care provider for advice. You should only go to the emergency room if you need to seek immediate medical attention.

Infants and Children

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not urinating or no tears when crying
  • Severe or repeated vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Pain or pressure in chest or belly
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Flu-like symptoms that get better but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

Adults

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or belly
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or repeated vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that get better but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Severe dehydration

Recovery and prevention

If you come down with the flu, Krystene Nhotsavang, medical assistant program chair at Globe University – Lakeville, suggest staying home and getting plenty of rest.

“The flu ‘influenza’ is viral. There’s not much a person can do other than letting it ride its course. Drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration due to vomiting or fever, use over the counter remedies for symptoms, and take vitamin C,” Nhotsavang said.

Cover your cough, wash your hands, don’t share cups/utensils with others Nhotsavang suggested.

Vaccinations are available for the flu, and health officials say it helps increase your odds of preventing the flu.

“Getting your flu vaccination every year before the flu season hits is highly recommended as soon as they are available and it protects all year round. High-risk groups are the very young, the very old and the immunosuppressed,” Nhotsavang said. Read more about getting vaccinated here.

If you are interested in helping others improve and maintain their health,  a career as a medical administrative assistant could be right for you. For more information about health science programs, contact Globe University admissions at 1-877-303-6060 or request information.