Flu Provider Resources
What is the Flu?
The flu is a sickness caused by a virus. It is also called “influenza.” It can affect your nose, throat, head, and chest. You will feel very sick for 7 days. It can cause other problems. You may end up in the hospital. Some people die from the flu.
If you have the flu, you may experience symptoms such as sore throat, fever, fatigue / tiredness, cough, chills, runny nose, headache, body aches, sneezing
Children may also experience vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach ache.
What Can Help You Avoid Getting the Flu?
Steps you can take to help you avoid catching the flu include wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for 30 seconds, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not into your hand, and getting a flu vaccine (also called a flu shot). A flu vaccine helps protect you and your family from getting sick with the flu.
What To Do If You Get the Flu
If you get sick with the flu, stay home until you have no fever for one day. Your temperature should be 98.6° F (37° C) or less. After you have no fever for one day, you can return to work or school. Rest as much as you can. Take acetaminophen for fever. Acetaminophen is also called Tylenol. Talk to your pharmacist first before taking any medicine. Drink plenty of water. Wash your hands with soap and warm water after you sneeze, cough, or blow your nose.
How Does the Flu Make You Sick?
Video by CDC (57 sec)
Protect Yourself with Flu Vaccine
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What Should You Do If You Get the Flu?
Video by CDC (1 min)
Flu Warning Signs that Need Medical Care Right Away
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