Influenza, which is better known as the flu is often a serious problem in the United States during flu seasons. Many people often confuse the symptoms with the common cold. The flu causes body chills, aches and pains, coughs, ear aches, upset stomach, fever, and can also cause severe headaches. You may not experience all of these symptoms, but you will definitely experience some of them.
By getting a flu vaccination once a year, a person can decrease their chances of catching it. It is like an added layer of protection. Proper hygiene including hand washing can also go a long way to avoid becoming sick with the flu. Because the flu is transmitted easily from person to person, it is essential to cover your cough and sneezes to avoid spreading the germs to other people. Keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer with you can also help when you cannot find soap and water to wash your hands before eating, for example.
Keep your distance from others that are sick. Make sure when you sneeze, you do it in a tissue and not your hands. Germs spread fast and as long as they are floating around, you can count on influenza lingering and you need to do everything you can to protect yourself from getting sick.
Normally when a person catches the flu, they will get better within one to two weeks. It really depends on the person and how their body reacts to the virus. Unfortunately there is no magic bullet to cure influenza. The recommended treatment for influenza is plenty of bed rest, sleep, fluids, and little movement. Usually Tylenol or Aspirin can be taken to help with fever and body aches which are common to an influenza infection. Always consult with your doctor before taking any medication, however.