Prioritizing Wellness: The Importance of Flu Awareness

Gear up to fight the flu this year by taking essential steps to protect yourself and others from this common but potentially serious threat. With December upon us it is time to focus on ways to stay alert and vigilant in healthy practices to get yourself through the flu season. Before taking measures to combat the flu, it’s important to understand exactly what this disease is. 

The flu is the everyday shorthand for influenza, and results from a viral infection. Unlike the common cold, the flu is more severe because it comes on suddenly and lasts longer. It’s highly contagious and can last between one and two weeks. The flu is caused by viruses types A and B, and there are different strains of the flu virus each year.

Symptoms are more intense than those of a common cold, as flu symptoms often encompass a fever, body aches, headaches, a dry cough, and a sore throat. These symptoms will gradually subside, but it may take your body a few weeks to fully recover.

Flu outbreaks are more prevalent in late fall and winter, so now is the time to stay alert and make sure you’re up to date on your vaccines – getting the flu vaccine is the most effective way you can protect yourself from this disease. In addition to getting the flu vaccine, washing your hands frequently, resting, and keeping your distance from people who have the flu can help you avoid getting sick.

On the bright side, the flu can typically be treated at home with rest or medication prescribed by your doctor. However, in some cases, people may be hospitalized if the flu causes severe symptoms or pneumonia, or worsens existing health problems. 

By staying up to date on your vaccinations and prioritizing your health, you can safeguard yourself from the flu and other diseases. As flu season unfolds, making healthy decisions and doing what’s best for yourself can help you feel your best. This includes getting your vaccinations, resting, eating healthy, and exercising regularly.

If you’re interested in enhancing your well-being, Capital Health Plan’s upcoming Walk with a Doc outing on Saturday, December 16, at Cascades Park is a good way to start. This is a great opportunity to engage in physical activity and stay healthy, especially during flu season. Physical activity, regardless of its intensity, improves both your mental and physical state and can strengthen your immune system to fight against the flu and similar diseases. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend and participate in the hour-long walk with Dr. Amy Neal and other community members interested in feeling their best.  

Capital Health Plan is here to help you feel your best and brightest, which can be especially challenging during flu season. Please visit to learn more about staying healthy, receiving the flu vaccine, and the upcoming Walk with a Doc.

Sourced By: Healthwise
Reviewed By: Capital Health Plan Physicians Group
Posted: December 11, 2023

2023-12-11 14:30:00