ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC)- Flu season is on the rise. This week is handwashing and influenza vaccine awareness week.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the best ways to avoid catching the flu is by getting the flu vaccine, washing your hands regularly, and avoiding heavily crowded areas.
Typical flu symptoms are upper respiratory infections and a high fever. If you suspect you may have the flu, you can still seek treatment within 48 hours of catching the disease. Antiviral drugs like Tamiflu can be prescribed to reduce symptoms and help fight the flu.
Nurses at the Hematite Health Clinic say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
“Everybody six months and older should have a flu shot,” said Sarah Engstrom, Registered Nurse at the Hematite Health Clinic. “There are several myths and misinformation out there so if you have reservations about getting an influenza vaccine, talk to a healthcare provider about what your concerns are and get some answers to your concerns.”
The Hematite Health Clinic is located in the Ishpeming Middle/High School and offers free flu shots to everyone covered by insurance. To find a clinic near you offering the influenza vaccine, visit https://vaccinefinder.org/