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The Flu - Personal Experience!
Created on 9/19/2011

The standard teaching is that the flu season typically runs from October to early May.


I can say that because i just got over the flu. A little early? Yes, but the symptoms came on very quickly and were unmistakable:

Fever and chills
Body aches
Lack of appetite

I had not yet received my flu shot (I usually wait until the end of September).

So, what to do if you come down with the flu? Here's what worked for me:

- Bed rest, bed rest, bed rest - I cannot tell you how many hours I slept this past weekend - it actually shocked me! But that's what my body needed - rest.
- Plenty of fluids
- An anti-inflammatory agent (taken with a little food) for high fever or moderately severe body aches
- Frequently washing my hands, especially if I touched my eyes, nose or mouth
- Staying away from others (so I wouldn't get them sick, too! So far, so good.)

It was not a fun couple of days, but I'm on the other side of the flu now, and I am feeling much better. No worse for the wear except that I'm a few pounds lighter, not by design. Yes, the flu is an effective weight loss program - just not one I'd recommend!

The best course is not to get the flu at all, so get your flu shot soon and take good care of yourself so that your body is strong and your immune system resilient.

Be well, stay well.
Dr. Russ
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