Flu Season

The seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness that affects 5-20% of US residents annually. Most cases of flu run their course associated fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue in five to seven days without a need for medical intervention.

Some members of the population, individuals over the age of 65, pregnant women, children under the age of 2 and those with compromised immune systems (due to underlying medical conditions) are more prone to complications associated with the flu. Flu-like illness can persist and lead to dangerous conditions: respiratory distress, pneumonia or increased issues with preexisting chronic illness.

These complications should be taken seriously. If you feel that you or a loved one has a related complication of flu or flu-like illness please don’t hesitate to seek prompt medical attention.

For details on this flu season please visit the CDC website for national flu reports and Arizona Department of Health for weekly updates on local and regional flu activity.