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Flu Information

Influenza (Flu) season will be starting soon, and will likely continue throughout the winter. During the upcoming 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. Consider protecting yourself from the most prevalent flu strains by getting vaccinated. 

2018 FLU Public Service Announcement


Flu symptoms may include:

  • A 100F or higher fever or "feeling feverish"
  • 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)

Vaccination is one way to protect yourself from the flu. While not protective against all strains, a flu vaccine may help if you are exposed to the flu. Here are additional steps you can take to keep yourself and your family healthy this flu season (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm):


Protect yourself 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.
  • Cough into your elbow vs. your hand if you don't have a tissue, and wash as soon as possible - you and your clothes!
  • 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 if approved by your doctor. Always take medication as directed and check medicine contents for your specific symptoms. Allergy medicine doesn't help with the flu. Antibiotics (for bacterial infections) don't help with the flu, which is a virus.


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