Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. The young and the elderly are at particular risk of complication and death.
Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches, headache and fatigue.
Three to eleven percent of the US population becomes sick with influenza each year.
People with influenza can be contagious beginning one day prior to symptoms and for the first 3–4 days after the illness begins.
Complications include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions.
The most important step in preventing influenza is to get a flu shot yearly. Even if the flu vaccine does not prevent the acquisition of flu, it will less the severity of the illness and the risk of complications.
AbsoluteCARE will begin offering flu vaccine in September. Please discuss which flu vaccine is most appropriate for you based on your age and underlying medical conditions.
Dr. Rosenstock is the past president of the Infectious Diseases Society of Georgia. He previously spent eight years in the US Navy serving in the Republic of Panama and was awarded the meritorious service medal. An expert in tropical medicine, he previously served as the Medical Advisor to CARE, the relief organization and founded Peachtree Travel Clinic, one of the largest travel clinics in the southeastern United States. Dr. Rosenstock has been the Medical Director at AbsoluteCARE since its inception and has been providing care to patients infected with HIV since 1981.