The flu is a contagious illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually: fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and feeling very tired. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults. It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
Good health habits can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. .Avoid close contact with people who are sick and when you are sick, keep your distance from others. Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
The CDC still recommends the first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. It is not too late to get the flu shot this year. Check with Horn Physician’s Clinic, Horn Community Health and pharmacies.