Do You Have the Flu?

Flu Symptoms

One of the most important tools in fighting the transmission of flu is limiting exposure and doing the following things:

  • Get your seasonal flu shot
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Avoid contact with people who have flu-like symptoms
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you should call your primary care physician for advice.

Overall Flu Symptoms 

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever (sometimes) - a temperature greater than 100° F or 37.8° C 
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Chills 
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea (sometimes)
  • Vomiting (sometimes)
If you or a family member is experiencing the following symptoms, you should visit an urgent Care location or emergency department.

Symptoms in Adults

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or stomach
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

Symptoms in Children

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • So irritable the child doesn’t even want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

If you do get the flu, there are things you should do to keep from spreading the illness. The CDC recommends that you stay home while sick and for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. The fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine. If you must go out in public while sick, you should wear a facemask if possible, wash your hands to keep from spreading germs and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cloth. Do not visit the hospital or other medical facilities unless you are seeking medical care. 

It will take anywhere from five to 10 days for the illness to run its course. If you get the flu, you should try to stay home, rest, drink plenty of liquids and take acetaminophen or an anti inflammatory medicine.