How can I protect myself from flu this season?
Get a flu shot if you haven’t had one.
Take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs.
What should I do if I get the flu?
It’s usually a mild illness and you do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you must leave home wear a facemask or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Wash your hands often to keep from spreading flu to others. CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®.
What if I’m in a high-risk group?
If you have flu symptoms and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider. Remind them about your high risk status for flu. High risk groups include young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and
people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, heart and lung problems.
What are the emergency warning signs of flu?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends if you have emergency warning signs of flu sickness, go to the emergency room.
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Fever with a rash
In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:
- Being unable to eat
- Has trouble breathing
- Has no tears when crying
- Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough