Do not fear! Yes, our flu numbers are growing but they do every year!
I want to provide you with some facts about the flu and ways you can help protect yourself as well as help determine if you may be experiencing a cold or if it is indeed the flu.
What are signs of the flu?
The flu comes on suddenly. Most people with the flu feel very tired and have a high fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and sore muscles. Some people, especially children, may also have stomach problems and diarrhea. The cough can last two or more weeks.
People who have the flu usually cough, sneeze, and have a runny nose. The droplets in a cough, sneeze or runny nose contain the flu virus. Other people can get the flu by breathing in these droplets or by getting them in their nose or mouth.
Most healthy adults may be able to spread the flu from one day before getting sick to up to 5 days after getting sick.
How can you protect yourself:
Keep your hands away from their face, and cover coughs and sneezes to protect others. It’s best to use a tissue and quickly throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
Wash your children’s hands with soap and water. Wash them for as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. If soap and water are not handy, use wipes or gels with alcohol in them unless they are visibly soiled. The gels should be rubbed into hands until the hands are dry.
Make sure you get plenty of rest and drinks lots of fluids. Talk with doctor before taking any over-the-counter medicine.
If you have been diagnosed:
You should be isolated in the home, away from other people. You should also stay home until you are symptom-free for 24 hours (that is, until you have no fever without the use of fever-control medicines and they feel well for 24 hours.)
If you should have any questions, please reach to Ashley or I and your primary care physician.