Well some of us are already feeling the effects of a cold or flu—a sore throat, headache, fever, runny or stuffy nose but aren’t sure what to do about it.

According to a recent CNN article, it is common for the body to reach a temperature of 103 degrees Fahrenheit when you have the flu.

Doctors say making a trip to the emergency room won’t help as ERs cannot provide much relief and will send you home.

The best suggestions are to get plenty of rest and take pain medications for muscle aches.

Taking antiviral medications like Tamiflu and Relenza will reduce the severity of symptoms but only if it is taken within the first 48 hours of feeling the first symptoms.

Doctors suggest the best preventative measure to beat flu season is by getting a flu shot.

And Rio Grande Valley residents have the perfect opportunity to get that shot and other health services tomorrow afternoon.

The UTPA Pharmaceutical Program and Richards Pharmacy has teamed up to provide a health fair tomorrow from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Richards Pharmacy La Blanca location. The first 100 fair-goers will receive a free flu shot and other basic health services will be available.