Tyler, Tx (KETK) — An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but what about during flu season?
Flu season tends to begin in October and sometimes lasts until May.
This year there are 3 types of influenza viruses you need to be aware of. H1N1, H3N2, and Influenza B.
The symptoms will vary, but may include a temperature, chills, aches, pains, stuffy nose, or sore throat.
These symptoms do resemble the common cold, which makes it difficult to catch.
Pharmacist Russell Krenek says, "Go get checked when you're starting to feel bad, and then they (a doctor) can perform a test to verify it is the flu".
In order to avoid catching the flu in the first place, Krenek recommends, "Always wash your hands. Taking things that you can boost your immune system with air born, vitamin c or zinc lozenges, help boost your immune system".
Flu shots will also help.
Krenek says these shots are, "Supposed to help prevent the flu. Also sometimes if you do catch the flu, by having the vaccine in you it decreases the length or the severity of the flu".
These shots are most important for the very young and the elderly.
According to Krenek, "Here at our store we give around 2500 flu shots". This is just one store among dozens in East Texas.
Are you prepared?