we focused on the importance and safety of the Influenza vaccine in our pregnant patient. We hope that this article will provide a more comprehensive overview of the flu. Flu (Influenza) season typically extends from October through March and rarely into May. Last season the peak infections occurred in late December through early March.
What to look for: The term flu refers to the Influenza virus, which predominately affects the respiratory system (nose, chest and lungs). Different than a typical upper respiratory virus, the flu typically presents with fever above 100, chills and sweating, headache, dry cough, and marked fatigue and weakness.
Treatment: There is no magical cure for the flu, BUT if appropriate medications are begun within the first 48 hrs. of symptoms they can help reduce the severity of the infection as well as the length. Tamiflu (Oseltamivi) is taken by mouth for 5 days and Relenza is the inhaled antiviral.