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Get The Flu Shot, Not The Flu…

The Virginia Department of Health has notified our office that the flu (influenza A and B) has been confirmed throughout Virginia. In our office we have seen patients with both types of influenza. It seems that this year Influenza A is especially harsh based on many of the patients that have presented to our office and tested positive for Influenza A. Many people are having prolonged fevers and intense muscle aches in addition to the normal cough, sore throat, and fatigue that is seen with the flu.
The best way to avoid the flu is to get your flu shot. We still have vaccines available and getting it now can make a big difference in the severity of your illness if you do contract it. The CDC Health Advisory states that offices should recommend "the influenza vaccine to your patients if they have not received it already this season, advise them to stay home while sick with influenza, and to cover their coughs and wash their hands to protect others from the virus".
If you think you may have the flu please come into the office to get tested. The test takes 10 minutes and it is recommended for many people to start an antiviral, like Tamiflu, as soon as possible. Antivirals are more effective the sooner they are started.
Please take care of yourselves this winter, and always. In addition to getting the flu vaccine and staying up to date on physicals, getting enough sleep, eating well, staying hydrated, exercising daily, and reducing stress will help to keep your body and mind strong. Our office wishes you a very happy 2018!

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