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Is it the flu? Pneumonia? Or a Cold?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oklahoma is one of 25 states reporting a “widespread” flu outbreak. However, does that mean that every time we get sick it is the flu? While we are familiar with the signs and symptoms of the flu – severe body aches, fever and a dry cough, we may not be able to tell the difference between the flu, pneumonia or a cold. So when should we go to the doctor or just try fluids and rest at home?

 

5 Tips to Prevent the Flu

Tips from Utica Park Clinic health care providers on staying healthy this flu season.

 

CDC Says Flu Season is Hitting Early, Hard this Season

While most of the country is experiencing a seasonably warm start to December, the flu season doesn’t take a break with warmer temperatures. In fact, the CDC is reporting the flu season has arrived early this year, packing a new, stronger strain, N3H2. The CDC compiles this information in a weekly flu report on its website. In addition to getting your flu shot, here are suggestions for other ways you can avoid the flu this season.

 

Gross Facts

Snot, boogers, phlegm and loogies are all the same thing – Mucus. Believe it or not, mucus is a good thing! It's job is to clean the air we breathe so all the yucky stuff in the air doesn't end up in your lungs.

Mucus doesn't work all by itself, it has an accomplice: Nose Hairs. No kidding!

 

What to do if You're Sick

See a Doctor

Seek medical care immediately! Call your doctor or go to an emergency room if you or someone you know is experiencing any of the signs above. When you arrive, tell the reception staff that you think you have the flu. You may be asked to wear a mask and/or sit in a separate area to protect others from getting sick.

 

How The Flu Virus Works

Viruses are very small particles with the sole purpose of making more of themselves. They are much smaller than our own cells, even smaller than bacteria.

Because they are so small, they don't have all the equipment inside that is necessary to make copies.

They are not much more than a blueprint for more viruses and a protective shell.

So how do they multiply? By finding cells to hijack. There are all kinds of viruses and they like to choose different cells to attack.

The flu virus targets the respiratory system: your nose, throat, and lungs.

 

What is The Flu?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent this illness is by getting a flu vaccination each fall.

Quick Stats

  • 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu
  • More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications
  • About 36,000 people die from flu
  • Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
 

Don't Bug Me!

Now in its tenth year, the “Don’t Bug Me” flu awareness and prevention campaign, a joint partnership between Hillcrest Medical Center and the Tulsa Health Department, is designed to teach healthy lifestyle habits to avoid getting or spreading the flu.