What to do if you think you have the flu...

5 steps you can take if you have flu.

Get control over Flu and Don’t Share Flu with others!

Flu can make you feel bad for 2 to 7 days.  You should stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects to kill flu germs.
  • Stay home until you are better! Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone -without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

How long can Flu live on objects?

The flu virus can “live” on some surfaces such as doorknobs and tables for up to 24 hours. Routine cleaning of surfaces may reduce the spread of flu.  Pay special attention to these germ collectors:

  • Remote controls and game controllers.
  • Counters, handles and drawer pulls in the bathroom.
  • All tables, including nightstands, coffee tables and desks.  
  • Computers, tablets and keyboards.
  • Stuffed animals should be washed in the laundry, or kept away from others for several days until viruses die.
  • Sheets, blankets, towels should be washed at high temperature with color-safe bleach detergent.

Remember! Everyone should clean their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizers at LEAST six times per day.

How do I know if Flu is dangerous?

In children

  • 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

In adults

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Who is most at risk for Flu?

Flu causes the most harm to those younger than 2, pregnant women, and those over 65 who have diabetes, asthma, and heart or lung disease. 

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