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Fall Flu Season

Fall is a great time of year. It’s full of apple picking, pumpkin carving, leaf raking, and more. Fall brings a lot of fun, but it also brings a lot of health headaches. Allergies, seasonal depression, and the flu are just some of the common health problems introduced during autumn. It is important to be aware of these pesky conditions and get ready for the fall season in advance.

The first day of fall was Saturday, and already health officials are warning about the upcoming fall flu season. Preparation for flu season begins in early fall, as flu shot clinics are scheduled. Flu season generally peaks in January and February, but can start as early as late September or early October. Each year a different vaccine is formulated to protect against the most common strands for the year. Certain people, such as the elderly and young children, have a higher risk for severe symptoms, and are therefore encouraged to get their flu shot as early as possible.

If left untreated, the flu can lead to a variety of more severe health problems including bronchitis, pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and secondary bacterial infections. So, it is recommended that those with the flu contact their doctor for treatment. A doctor will be able to monitor the illness, and alert the patient of any medical complications that may stem from it.

Breathing can become difficult if a patient develops bronchitis or pneumonia from the flu. There are several breathing apparatuses that can help relieve congestion. One such mechanism is the new Acapella PEP device. This device is designed to break up secretions and mucus in the lungs by providing Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy. Often recommended by practitioners, the Acapella is designed for chronic respiratory disorders and for treatment of acute illness including bronchitis and pneumonia , and is often used in conjunction with a nebulizer for enhanced care.

Early prevention is the best medicine - be sure to have your hand sanitizer ready! Also, many pharmacies, community organizations and schools hold flu shot clinics for the general public making them easily accessible throughout the community.  Take some time to get ready for the fall flu season early this year.

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