Quality of Life Seminar: Tips for Cold & Flu Season

A health professional will present a program about cold and flu awareness at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.

Flu season can begin as early as October, and last as late as May. For this reason, October or November is the best time to get vaccinated.

Symptoms of the flu may include:
•    Fever (usually high)
•    Headache
•    Extreme Tiredness
•    Dry Cough
•    Sore Throat
•    Runny or Stuffy Nose
•    Muscle Aches

Stomach symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may occur, though it is more common in children.

Complications of the flu can include:
•    Pneumonia
•    Dehydration
•    Worsening of chronic medical conditions like asthma, emphysema and heart disease

Colds usually last for about a week. Symptoms of a cold may include:
•    Runny nose
•    Congestion
•    Sneezing
•    Weakened sense of taste and smell
•    Scratchy throat
•    Cough

Cold and flu viruses enter the body through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose or mouth. Every time you touch your hand to one of these areas you could be infecting yourself. It is important to wash your hands often

The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The program is open to the public and admission is free. For more information or to register, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669.


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