Flu viruses can vary from mild to severe; common symptoms are:
· Fever or fever-like chills * NOTE: not everyone with the flu will have a fever
· Cough/sore throat
· Runny or stuffy nose
· Muscle or body aches
· Vomiting and diarrhea; though this is more common in children than adults
What do I do if I get sick?
Most people with the flu possess only a mild illness and do not require medical attention or antiviral medication. In the event that symptoms begin, one is advised to stay home and avoid contact due to contagiousness.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water.
· Try to avoid/limit close contact with other persons. This is how germs are spread!
· It is advised that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or other discard-able items when you cough or sneeze.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
· Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
The CDC recommends that antiviral medications are to be used early to treat people who become progressively ill and/or high risk of serious Flu complications due to age or a high risk medical condition.
When and why to get a Flu shot?
As long as flu viruses are prevalent it is never too late to receive one. In addition to protecting yourself, getting vaccinated also protects people around you; including more vulnerable persons like infants, older people, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions. Flu vaccinations are still the best way to prevent flu illness and flu complications. In the event you become ill after receiving the vaccination your symptoms and altogether illness will be milder than not getting the vaccine at all.
Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor’s offices, urgent care clinics, health departments, pharmacies or you can visit the https://vaccinefinder.org/.