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How to prevent against the flu during this winter season!

With another winter comes another dreaded flu season. The flu, as defined by the CDC, is a respiratory illness which is caused by the influenza virus. While for some, the flu may be a relatively minor inconvenience, for many around the world every year, the flu can become a matter of life-or-death.

Generally speaking, the flu season within the United States lasts from September until April. Experts believe that the influenza virus is spread through tiny droplets released by a person infected, whether through speaking, sneezing, or coughing. Individuals who are most likely to get the flu are children and those with compromised immune systems.

The most common symptoms of the flu are, but are not limited to, the following:

* Sore throat
* Runny nose
* Fever
* Body aches
* Cough
* Fatigue
* Diarrhea & vomiting

While the most effective way to prevent catching the flu is by getting the flu vaccine, there are a variety of extra preventative steps to ensure that the flu does not come to your household. Always be sure to wash your hands, particularly when in close contact with someone who may potentially be under the weather with the flu, as well as regularly disinfecting household items such as doorknobs, sink handles, etc. If possible, do not come into contact with someone who has the flu. If you do in fact find yourself with flu-like symptoms, the CDC advises that you should stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is broken.

If you believe you have the flu, it is important you contact your primary care physician immediately. If you would like to learn more about Theramotion’s work with patients, please contact us at 718-279-9800. Additionally, you can fill out contact information on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you.