There are symptoms to pay attention to for flu, including fever, aches and pains, chills, sore throat, fatigue and runny nose. When those symptoms come on it’s important to see a medical professional. If those symptoms turn out to be the flu, a medical provider can prescribe an antiviral treatment, which is important in those first 48 hours.
If you are sick, stay home while you have an active fever. A person is contagious until free of fever for 24 hours.
Dr. Karen Andrews encourages patients to get flu vaccinations whether one is a new or established patient.
Regional One Health East Campus nurse practitioner Amanda Best, CFNP, said the vaccination is the most important step to preventing flu, but there are additional steps to take.
“To stop the spread of germs it’s important to wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and to avoid those that are sick,” she said.
Best said it’s important to disinfect surfaces that could be contaminated with flu germs, including phones and computers.
And keep your hands away from your face. That’s much harder for young children, which is another reason the flu vaccine is important for youngsters. It’s easy to touch something that’s contaminated and then touch your eyes or nose.
“The most important thing from a strategy point of view is to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available,” Lee said, adding that the flu season doesn’t have a set start and end point; it changes year to year, which is why getting the shot sooner rather than later is important.
Dr. Karen Andrews, MD, said she encourages patients who come in for regular appointments at Harbor of Health to also get a flu vaccination.
“If you’re a new patient we’ll establish you as a patient first so we have your medical history,” she said.
To make an appointment with one of our providers, call 901-515-3150 for East Campus, click here to schedule at Harbor of Health, or regionalonehealth.org/primary-care for our primary care clinics.