The doctors, nurses, and staff of CareWell Urgent Care wish you a Happy New Year and hope you Stay Well in 2013!
It’s not too late to get a flu shot to help you Stay Well, even though flu season is well underway. Flu shots protect against the three influenza viruses that research suggests will be most common this season, and they are available on a walk-in basis at our urgent care centers in S. Dennis, MA and Warwick, RI.
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms: fever or feeling feverish/chills; cough; sore throat; runny or stuffy nose; muscle or body aches; headaches; and feeling very tired. Some may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults. Please note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
Who is at high risk for developing flu-related complications?
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- Adults over 65
- Pregnant women
- People with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease
- People who take care of or live with those who are high risk of complications from flu
If you have not already received a flu shot, please consider getting one soon to help you stay healthy in 2013!