Updated December 16, 2014.
A new year is upon us again and with it comes another flu season. Typical flu seasons peak sometime in February or March and it appears this year will be no exception. It is the first week of January and we are still seeing only sporadic flu activity around most of the country but it will most likely start to increase in the next few weeks.
For those who have already come down with the flu, symptoms in 2012 are much like those of past flu season.
Flu Symptoms include:
- Body Aches
Symptoms typically hang on for about a week, but can last longer. Read more: How Long Does the Flu Last?
Although it may seem like every illness you get this winter is the flu, that really isn't the case. There are many other viruses and germs out there that can and do make us sick, especially during cold and flu season. If your symptoms are very different from those listed above, you probably don't have influenza ("the flu").
Want to know more? What You Need to Know About 2011-12 Flu Season.
You can also read about how the flu has affected real people this flu season and last over at Flu Symptoms 2011.
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The flu is a serious illness and not something you should blow off as just a bad cold. Even though we are closing in on peak flu season, it's not too late to get the vaccine if you haven't already.
It takes about two weeks to be effective, but will be worth the time if it helps keep you healthy this year.