Flu facts and tips
What is influenza (flu)?
- A contagious, preventable respiratory disease.
- Not the same as the "stomach flu."
- Caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs.
Can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death.
What are the symptoms of flu?
- Comes on quickly, unlike a cold which tends to come on more gradually.
- May include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches. (This is unlike a cold which usually stays up in the head.)
Should I get a flu vaccination this year?
- Yes. It is never too late for a flu shot.
- Getting a flu shot annually helps protect you from getting the flu and protects those around you.
How can I Keep Myself and Others Healthy?
- Get a flu shot.
- Use good hand-washing.
- Cough in your sleeve.
Get good rest and nutrition.
Avoid close contact with sick people.
What if I think I have the flu?
- Stay home until at least 24 hours after you are free of a fever without having taken a fever reducing medication.
- Avoid contact with other people.
- Rest and drink lots of fluids.
- Treat symptoms with over the counter medication.
- Further questions? Call WSU’s Ask-A-Nurse at 507-457-2292.
When do I Seek Medical Care?
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
- Sudden dizziness.
- Severe or persistent vomiting.
- A temperature of 101 or higher for more than three days.
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
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