While spring is in the air, flu season is still here. Remember the flu usually presents with fever, body aches, runny nose/congestion, sore throat, cough, nausea/vomiting and any of these symptoms can be mild to severe.

There is a medication available by prescription only that helps with flu symptoms called Tamiflu. This is a medication that fights the flu virus only. Tamiflu can be prescribed if diagnosed with the flu within 48 hours and help shorten the length of sickness. Antibiotics are used for bacterial infections and are not useful in fighting the flu.

Always remember to cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing and wash your hands to prevent spreading of germs. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep nightly so that your body is well rested and refreshed to fight off germs. Whenever you feel any of the above symptoms—remember to go see your doctor to get evaluated and treatment started as soon as possible.

Last year the flu season started much earlier—August—while this year the flu season started around December. Usually the peak of flu season is January-April. We are almost there!! Allergy season is soon to follow. So remember good hygiene keeps germs away.