Yes, flu season has arrived. It is the time of year we stock up on tissues, cough drops, and other products to ward off our chances of catching a “cold” or simply to survive the symptoms. How do you know whether you have a common cold, Influenza, or COVID? It is difficult to tell without a medical test determining the correct diagnosis. Many symptoms are the same, but the long-term effects may differ. The best way to avoid catching any of these viruses is to practice good handwashing and avoid others with symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu vaccine alone can reduce your risk of having to see a doctor by up to 60%. If you are interested in reducing your risk of a doctor visit due to flu or COVID, JMHS has both the flu vaccine and COVID vaccine available. Please call our clinic appointment line at 320-769-4393 to schedule an appointment.
Kris Jacobson, LNHA, LALD, MBA