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Flu Season 2018 Hits NYC and Roosevelt island

Updated 44 weeks ago David Stone
Get a flu shot, but if you get sick, see a doctor early, then stay in bed.
Get a flu shot, but if you get sick, see a doctor early, then stay in bed.
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Experts everywhere are telling us that flu season for 2018 is likely to be bad, one of the worst since and maybe even worse than the deadly round in 2014-15. With at least 196 Americans dead at last count in mid-December, taking steps to protect yourself and those around you is a must as we head toward February, the traditional peak of the season.

Do This Right Now

Get a flu shot.

Because viruses mutate quickly, no vaccine can guarantee 100% protection, but you can dramatically increase your chances of staying healthy.

Seniors, others with chronic medical conditions, and children are especially vulnerable and should waste no time taking precautions.

Avoid emergency room lines and waits for doctor appointments by dropping in to Roosevelt Island Urgent Care, 520 Main Street, directly across from RIVAA Gallery and Rivercross. Take a red shuttle bus to Good Shepherd Plaza for quick access.

Waiting times are no more than 15 or 20 minutes, quick enough for a visit on your way to or from work. Weekday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., no appointment necessary. Just walk in.

Questions: Call  (646) 977-7974 

Do You Have the Flu?

Flu symptoms — fever, body aches, congestion — are similar to the common cold. But if you have trouble breathing or over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol, are not working, you are likely experiencing the flu.

Early detection can make a big difference in the severity and length of your illness and also limit its spread.

See a doctor, your own physician or one at Urgent Care, Roosevelt Island’s only medical facility.

Otherwise, stay home to keep from infecting others. As always, cover your mouth when you cough. Wearing a mask won’t do much to keep you from catching the flu but can help prevent spreading the virus.

Drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious foods to strengthen your immune system.

These things will give you the best odds against getting sick and limiting the illness’s affect if you come down with it in spite of taking precautions.

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