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Flu Information

Influenza (Flu) has been in the news quite a bit season. Widespread cases have been reported throughout the nation. During this flu season please be sure to practice healthy habits such as taking care of yourself and washing your hands frequently. Stay home if you are sick so you do not get worse or spread infections to others. Encourage others to do the same. The best way to protect yourself from the flu is to get vaccinated. Information about the flu is below.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Flu symptoms include:

  • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

What is the best way to protect myself and my family from the flu?

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. There are additional steps you can take to keep yourself and your family healthy this flu season.

  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu.
  • Take everyday precautions, like washing your hands, to protect your health.
  • If you are exposed to or caring for someone with the flu, talk to your doctor about preventive antiviral medications.

Everyone 6 months of age or older should get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available in your area.

What everyday steps can I take to stop the spread of germs?

There are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

If you get the flu here are some self-care suggestions:

  • Get rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Humidifiers or breather moist air from hot shower to help clear a stuffy nose
  • Elevate your head
  • Avoid smoking and second hand smoke
  • Use appropriate over the counter medications specific to symptoms. Always take medication as directed and check medicine content s for your specific symptoms. Allergy medicine does not help with the flu.

Here are some additional websites and documents about the flu:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/everyday_preventive_9-24.pdf

http://www.flu.gov/

http://www.dhhs.saccounty.net/PUB/Pages/PUB-Home.aspx

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/treating-flu-at-home