What if you get sick with the Flu?

If you have symptoms of the flu and are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your healthcare provider. The Emergency Room should not be used for routine medical care.

People who get the flu exhibit a variety of symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Sometimes, diarrhea and vomiting

Learn More about Flu Symptoms.

Flu Treatment

If you get sick...

  1. The Center for Disease Control recommends to take Antivirals Drugs, if prescribed by a doctor
  2. Take everyday precautions to protect others while sick.
    • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • 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 that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  3. Stay home until you are better. If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

High Risk Patients

Some people are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications (including young children, elderly persons, pregnant women and people with certain long-term medical conditions). If you are in a high-risk group and develop flu symptoms, it’s best for you to contact your doctor. Remind them of your high-risk status for flu.

If you have one of the following emergency warning signs noted below, seek medical attention immediately.

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 infants

  • 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 improve but then return with fever and worse cough

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