Before the flu season is upon us, take precautions!
• May include chills, sore muscles, headache, runny nose, sore throat, cough, fatigue
• Fever of 100°F or higher
• Most people should feel better within 3 to 5 days.
• Rest and sleep
• Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) help lower fever. Sometimes doctors advise you to use both types of medicine: Take Acetaminophen every 4 - 6 hours. Take Ibuprofen every 6 - 8 hours.
• A fever does not need to come all the way down to normal. Most people will feel better when their temperature drops by even one degree.
• Drink plenty of fluids, especially fluids containing electrolytes such as sports drinks and soups.
• Throat lozenges or sprays that contain an anesthetic will help with your sore throat.
AVOID SPREADING THE FLU:
• Stay in your room and avoid contact with others while you are ill.
• You should be able to return to class when you are feeling well and have not had a fever
for 24 hours (without taking any medicine to lower your fever).
• Avoid sharing food, utensils, cups, bottles or clothing.
• Cover your cough with a tissue. Dispose of the tissue promptly. Cough into your sleeve
if a tissue is not available and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often and always after touching your face.
SEEK CARE RIGHT AWAY IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
• Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain or abdominal pain
• Sudden dizziness or confusion
• Severe vomiting or vomiting that doesn’t go away
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worsening cough