Super Bowl officials are preparing to host Eagles, Patriots, and the flu virus. With a million visitors arriving, health officials will be constantly wiping down surfaces and setting up treatment stations. This year’s epidemic is widespread, and hitting baby boomers hard. This group is more mobile, and less than half get vaccinated. Officials at www.cdc.gov. predict “many more weeks” of flu season to go.
Signs and Symptoms: Fever, cough, sneezing, and muscle and joint pain are hallmark symptoms. Elderly and other susceptible victims are prone to pneumonia, a potentially deadly complication.
What to do: Due to the protracted season, it’s still a good idea to get vaccinated. Avoid crowds whenever possible. Airline travelers can take some precautions. Take some Handi Wipes for armrests and especially the fold-down trays. Bring your own pillow or blanket. Stay well hydrated. It may not be fashionable, but if someone near you is sick, wear a mask or ask to move if possible.
Thought for the day: While Super Bowl folks tackle the flu, set up a defense that works for you.
What’s Going Around is contributed by family practice doctor Kyle Scarborough, M.D. You can reach him at www.familylifemedical.com