Flu Season In Phoenix
It’s flu season in Arizona again. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 108 cases of the flu were recorded last week alone.
According to the Center for Disease Control, this year’s flu “bug” is going to be a little tougher to fight.
Not all flu strains are the same. While some can cause mild symptoms, others can make you extremely ill. For this reason, it’s important to take the flu seriously.
What Is the Flu?
Influenza is a contagious infection of the respiratory system caused by a variety of viruses. The typical symptom of the flu are the following:
- A runny or stuffy nose.
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (most common in children)
- Headaches and body aches.
- A 100 F or higher fever or feeling feverish, but not everyone who contracts the flu gets a fever.
- A cough and sore throat.
How Does a Flu Virus Make You Sick?
The flu virus can enter the body through any of the membranes in your face, including the eyes, mouth and nose. Because of this, frequent hand washing is crucial to staying free of the flu.