Rachel Hampsmire, RN BSN writes…

Influenza (flu) season is in full swing. Here at Good Samaritan Home, we have seen many with signs and symptoms of the flu. This time of year we see lots of visitors and family, and it’s important to keep in mind that this virus is something you want to minimize exposure to. The flue is a virus that attacks your respiratory system, not your gastrointestinal system as many believe. For many, this virus is not a big deal and will run its course. But the elderly population is at a higher risk for developing complications associated with the flue.

Symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever over 100.4
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills and sweats
  • Dry persistent cough
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat

The flue can come on very quickly, so prompt treatment is essential. It is important to remember that proper hygiene is also important. With the new year starting, let us have a resolution to stay as healthy as possible and keep the flue to a minimum.

Good Samaritan Home of Quincy

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