Do You Have the Flu?

Flu Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever (sometimes) – a temperature greater than 100°F (37.8°C) 
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Chills 
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea (sometimes)
  • Vomiting (sometimes)

Serious Symptoms

Anyone experiencing the following serious symptoms should visit the nearest hospital emergency department.

In Adults

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

In Children

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

Flu Care

If you do get the flu, there are things you should do to keep from spreading the illness. 

  • 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, if possible, wear a face mask, 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 facility unless you are seeking medical care.

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