The flu is around every year, but it is not always the same. Yes, certain aspects of the illness remain constant, but there are minute changes between each season that makes the flu extremely difficult to cure. Understanding the nature of the beast may help you stay healthy this year. With the flu season coming to a head, it may be beneficial to look back at this year’s flu to see what we can learn and how we can prepare for next year.
What is the Flu?
The flu is considered an upper respiratory infection that affects the nose, throat, and can potentially infect the lungs. Depending on your immune system, the flu can wreak havoc on your body and can potentially cause death. Most people have mild symptoms, which can include fever or chills, vomiting, cough, diarrhea, fatigue, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, and body aches.
The flu generally has a fast onset and lasts from a few days up to a week. Flu season itself tends to starts in October and November, peaks between December and February, and can last into May.