What You Should Know About The Flu

  • "Anyone – even young healthy adults – can get sick from flu & spread it to others. #GetAFluVax to protect you & loved ones." – @CDCFlu

    Flu and other viral infections have increased in recent days.

    Symptoms of flu can include:


    • fever
    • cough
    • sore throat
    • runny or stuffy nose
    • body aches
    • headache
    • chills
    • fatigue
    • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

    Here are 5 Steps to Take if You Get the Flu:

    1. Stay at home and rest – most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs.
    2. Avoid close contact with well people in your house so you won't make them sick – hand washing helps prevent the spread of flu.
    3. Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss (dehydration).
    4. Treat fever and cough with medicines you can buy at the store.
    5. If you get very sick, are pregnant, or are 65 years or older, or are otherwise at high risk of flu-related complications, call your doctor.

    You should contact your doctor if you see the following:

    In adults

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
    • Sudden dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Severe or persistent vomiting
    • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

    In children

    • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
    • Bluish skin color
    • Not drinking enough fluids
    • Not waking up or not interacting
    • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
    • Fever with a rash

    In addition to the signs mentioned for children, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:

    • Being unable to eat
    • Has trouble breathing
    • Has no tears when crying
    • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

    Immunizations Save Millions of U.S. Children from Hospitalizations and Death. Learn more here, or watch the video below.

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