Healthy Living

Seasonal Flu

Flu vaccines are available now, which causes many people to think about the flu.  Here is some basic information to help you decide if you or someone close to you has the flu and what should be done.

 

Typical flu symptoms include: Fever or feeling feverish, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.  Children, much more than adults, can experience vomiting and diarrhea.

The steps to avoid the flu are:

  • Getting vaccinated
  • Washing hands with soap and water
  • Coughing into your elbow, rather than your hand
  • Avoid touching your face–your hands may have contacted the flu virus on a surface.

 

What should you do if you suspect the flu?
Early diagnosis is important.  Anti-viral medications can be taken within the first couple days that will limit the duration of the flu.  Drink plenty of fluids and take over-the-counter acetaminophen, cough syrups, or decongestants to help with symptoms.  Get plenty of extra rest.

Influenza can progress into conditions such as pneumonia or respiratory failure.  If you or someone you know has increasing symptoms with the flu, seek medical attention immediately.