It’s never too early to talk about cold and flu tips. Flu season in the United States occurs throughout the fall and winter with activity usually peaking in January or February. But cases of flu in the United States often begin popping up as early as September.
Ohio is among the states reporting high influenza-like-illness activity over the past few years, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The flu is a very contagious disease, caused by the influenza virus. It can be spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions. The germs are spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. The virus can also be spread when someone touches a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touch their own mouth or nose.
While they may seem simple, there are a few things you can do to help prevent the flu:
Typically, flu symptoms start to show 1 to 5 days after an adult has been exposed to the virus, which means you can be sick at the office and not even know it.
If you have any questions regarding the flu, please contact your primary care physician.