If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired this flu season, join the club.
I bring that up because an average of 8% of Americans get the flu each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here’s what happens to your body on the flu.
Pay attention because the symptoms are nothing to sneeze at.
Once the virus gets inside your body, you won’t know you’re sick for a few days.
It’ll fester for around one to four days, but usually takes an average of two days before it starts making you sick, according to a health expert HuffPost spoke with.
Problem is, you could get others sick during this time without even knowing it.
Once inside, the flu heads for the cells that line your respiratory tract.
Translation; you nose and throat are usually on fire at this point.
The good news is that your immune system is preparing for battle.
The war between the virus and your immune system can be what makes you feel terrible.
Cue the fevers, muscle aches and pains.
It’s because chemicals are being released by the immune system to battle the virus.
Stay away from others as much as possible so you don’t infect them.
It’s also a good idea to wash your hands often to prevent spreading the flu to others.