Winter is a time for cozy sweaters, warm fires, sharing meals with family, and watching the snow fall. While winter has its perks, it has its share of downsides too. It’s also the time of year when the dreaded influenza virus comes back, and all that family closeness can lead to family illness as well.
Even though this winter has been relatively mild (no polar vortex yet, knock on wood), this year’s flu breakout is shaping up to be one of the worst in years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infection rates of the influenza virus are climbing quicker than the past 3 years, and are on track for a particularly brutal flu season.
As of late December, there were are enough cases nation wide to declare the 2014-2015 flu outbreak an epidemic. Although this designation is given to the flu nearly every year, it is still a dangerous virus for you and your family.
In order to stay healthy, it is important to catch flu symptoms early. The first step to preventing the spread of the virus is to seek medical attention immediately upon experiencing symptoms or noticing them in your children. The sooner it’s caught, the shorter the recovery period, and the less likely it is to spread to you or the rest of your family.
Circle Urgent Care is Staten Island’s premier urgent care facility, and is open 365 days to serve all your medical needs. With three convenient locations at Arden Avenue, Victory Boulevard, and Richmond Boulevard, the Circle Urgent Care staff is always there to take care of all of your family’s medical needs, no appointment necessary.
The flu doesn’t take days off, and neither do we.