Flu season in the United States lasts all year, but most people catch the contagious virus during the fall and winter months. The best way to protect yourself from getting the flu is through vaccination. Jia Park, MD, at Comprehensive Family Medical Practice in the Bayside neighborhood of Queens, New York, offers the flu shot to her patients. She also provides treatment if you’ve contracted the virus. Call today or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment. The Comprehensive Family Medical Practice office has ample parking for your convenience.
The flu is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system. It is caused by the influenza virus, which is easily passed from person to person and is highly contagious. The flu causes mild to severe symptoms. It can be serious for certain populations, including children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.
The flu virus gets into your body through your mouth, nose, or lungs from droplets spread from a sneeze or a cough from someone infected with the virus. You can also get the flu if you touch a surface contaminated with the virus and then touch your nose, mouth, or eyes.
The best way to protect yourself from getting the flu is by getting vaccinated. Dr. Park recommends that everyone six months and older get the flu shot.
In addition to the flu shot, Dr. Park also recommends:
If you know someone has the flu, you should avoid contact as best you can. If you can’t, be extra diligent about limiting your exposure to the virus by keeping your mouth and nose covered and regularly washing your hands.
If you’re feeling sick, you may wonder if it’s the flu or simply a cold. With the flu, the symptoms tend to come on quickly, usually within two days of exposure.
Common symptoms of the flu include:
You may also experience vomiting and diarrhea.
Dr. Park conducts a test to see if your symptoms are actually caused by the flu virus.
If testing indicates you have the flu virus, Dr. Park provides an antiviral medication to help reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness to one to two days. Getting treatment for your flu may also prevent it from developing into more serious complications, such as pneumonia.
For the flu shot or treatment for your symptoms, call Comprehensive Family Medical Practice or use the online booking button to schedule your appointment.