January 19, 2020

‘Tis the Flu Season

Ah, the joys of January 2! Bleary eyed employees return to work, holiday cards fill waste baskets, and everyone contracts influenza.

This year’s flu season has started earlier than expected and has already reached high numbers of flu cases in 36 states. California is not one of them, but that likely means we’re a couple of weeks behind the East Coast, not that we’ll be spared. In fact, this week I saw my first patient of the season who had a positive test for the flu, and ” target=”_blank”>Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) advice about what to do if you get the flu. It has a helpful summary of flu symptoms and treatment, as well as warning signs of severe illness. If you have a mild illness, please stay home. If you have severe illness or are at ” target=”_blank”>Severe Flu Cases on the Rise in U.S. (Wall Street Journal)
” target=”_blank”>Teen’s death shows horror of flu epidemic (CNN)
” target=”_blank”>The Flu: What to do if you get sick (CDC)