Flu (or influenza) is a contagious respiratory illness that attacks your respiratory system, nose and throat. With flu season in full swing, here’s what you need to know:
How do I know if I have the flu?
Common symptoms include:
Body and muscle aches
Fever and chills
What do I do if have the flu?
There is no “cure” for the flu. Over-the-counter medications can help symptoms.
Consider visiting your primary care doctor or an immediate care center if you are sick and need medical attention. The Emergency Center is not the appropriate place to be seen for flu symptoms unless you fall under the following categories:
- Stay home to avoid spreading the virus.
- Drink lots of fluids
- Plenty of rest
I don’t have the flu. How do I avoid it?
To prevent the flu for yourself and those around you:
- Get vaccinated to avoid the flu or lesson symptoms and severity
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
- Thoroughly wash your hands. (Here’s a tip: Sing “Happy Birthday” in your head while washing and don’t stop until the song is complete.)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Flu vaccine facts
- The flu vaccine has lowered cardiac events rates for heart disease patients.
- The flu vaccine can help prevent illnesses for those with chronic health conditions.
- The vaccine helps protect pregnant women and their baby after birth from the flu.