The flu season is here and it’s hitting us quickly. Health care providers nationally are reporting an uptick in visits (3.5%) for influenza-like illness (ILI) and according to the CDC, it has been at or above the national baseline of 2.4% for four weeks.
Influenza, or “Flu” as it’s referred to, is a contagious respiratory illness affecting your respiratory system that is caused by Influenza viruses. It is typically spread through interactions with others who are infected. This includes coughing, sneezing, or even talking. You can pick up the virus by simply touching an object that an infected person has previously touched, or by inhaling the flu virus directly.