September 27, 2004--Posted at 7:00 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO--Flu season typically ranges between the months of November and March, and although it's still a few weeks away, it's not too early to prepare.
Coughing, sniffling, and fever are just a few nuisances associated with the dreaded flu virus.
"These viral syndromes can be very debilitating depending on the person and the age group,"said Dr. Walt Short.
Dr. Walt Short is a doctor at St. Bernards Medical Center.
Dr. Short says if you are experiencing flu like symptoms, he suggests, over the counter medication to control fever, washing hands frequently, rest, and lots of fluids.
"They will generally resolve by themselves in seven to ten days,"said Short.
Dr. Short said certain people may be more prone to catching the flu, and says the flu shot would be a beneficial step to staying healthy.
"Certainly those who are elderly should get flu shots. Those who have problems with their immune systems for one reason or another,"said Short.
Dr. Short says health care workers should protect themselves from the flu as well.
He says environmental factors like weather changes and air pollution can also cause flu like symptoms.
"It's dry right now which means there is a lot of dust in the air. I think most of what we are seeing in there is related to that rather than viral syndrome,"said Short.