Doctors advise on how to prevent the flu

Doctors at Overland Park Regional say flu season is here. They’ve seen confirmed cases of both influenza A and B. (KCTV5)

Doctors at Overland Park Regional say flu season is here. They’ve seen confirmed cases of both influenza A and B.

“It's similar to the common cold but on steroids. It's a lot worse,” said Dr. A. Gabriel Schifman, a pediatric emergency medicine doctor.

Symptoms include high fevers and body aches.

“You really feel like you got hit by a truck. You don't want to get out of bed. It's miserable,” said Schifman.

The flu can be deadly, especially for certain people who are more susceptible to complications like pneumonia.

“Anyone on the spectrum of the age range - so the very young and the very old - have a weaker immune system at baseline,” said Schifman.

Schifman says the most important thing you can do to prevent the flu is the get the flu shot.

Doctors also recommend washing hands regularly.

Also, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Rest helps your immune system stay strong.

Be sure to drink plenty of water. That keeps the membranes inside your nose moist and able to carry away anything you breathe in before it makes you sick.

Also, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Your hands might look clean, but you could have touched a surface to pick up the flu virus. The eyes, nose and mouth are easy entry.

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