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Your Guide to the Flu Season
Your Guide to the Flu Season
December 05/2022

Your Guide to the Flu Season 

Every year the flu season arrives, often unexpectedly. As primary care physicians, the team at Southern Maryland Medical Group wants to help our patients avoid the hassles and health issues that come along with the flu. Of course, the best way to prevent coming down with this common illness is to become informed. While many have already discussed a prevention plan with their primary care doctor, others might not know what steps to take to stay well through the fall and winter months. If you want to avoid catching the flu this year, read below for details that can help you avoid trouble. 

How Is the Flu Spread?

The flu is spread by contact with droplets from the respiratory tract of infected people. These droplets are released when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. The virus can also be spread by touching surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your own nose, mouth, or eyes. The flu is transmitted more easily in indoor spaces where people are in close contact with each other, such as schools and offices.

Common Flu Symptoms

Flu symptoms can range from mild to severe, lasting anywhere from two days to a few weeks. Identifying the characteristics is important so you can begin to heal and avoid spreading the virus to others. Common symptoms include:

  • fever
  • headache
  • chills
  • sore throat
  • coughing or sneezing
  • aches and pains in your muscles and joints

Protection Against the Flu

You may also be concerned about how to care for yourself and loved ones during flu season, especially if you have friends or family members who are at high risk of developing complications. The good news is that there are things you can do to protect yourself and others, even when it's at its peak. Here are our top tips for staying healthy:

  • Get vaccinated annually.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if you are sick with a fever above 100 degrees or if you have any symptoms.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth as much as possible. 

When to Schedule a Flu Shot

Flu shots are typically available in late summer and early fall. It takes about two weeks for your body to build up its immunity after getting the vaccine. For this reason, most primary care physicians encourage people to get their flu shots before the end of October, so they have time for the vaccine to take effect before flu season goes into full swing. However, if you're a little past due, it's OK to schedule an appointment in November or December since flu season can sometimes extend into the spring. 

Are You Looking for a Primary Care Doctor? 

Hopefully, this guide has helped you prepare for the flu season. Have you not yet received a flu shot? Are you looking for medical professionals who can help you recover after coming down with the flu? If so, then call the specialists at Southern Maryland Medical Group today. Our physicians are always ready to help ensure the health and well-being of our local patients. Contact our office to learn more about the services we offer or to schedule a convenient appointment with one of our medical professionals.

Our Locations

Southern Maryland Medical Group has 3 convenient locations to provide professional medical care services in the Southern Maryland area. Call or schedule an appointment with one of our locations to get medical care help. 

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Camp Springs, MD

5801 Allentown Road, Suite 400 Camp Spring, MD 20746

Phone: 301-868- 0150

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-868-0243

Greenbelt, MD

7500 Greenway Center, Dr #1200 Greenbelt, MD 20770

Phone: 301-486-7580

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-486-7581

Riverdale, MD

6510 Kenilworth Ave, Ste 1400, Riverdale MD 20737

Phone: 301-618-0771

Billing Inquiries: 301-552-1270

Fax: 301-618-0772