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Flu and You

During Influenza (flu) season, one of the first things you want to do is to be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home for a few days. Keep some over-the-counter medicines, alcohol-based hand rubs, tissues, and anything else you may need, on hand so that you do not have to go out while you are sick. If you’re really sick or have other medical conditions or concerns, call your doctor. Your doctor will let you know if you need a flu test, flu treatment, or other care. Below are recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for fighting influenza this season.

How do you know if you have the flu?

If you show signs of fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, feeling weak or tired more than usual, chills, body aches, etc., you should consult your medical provider.

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Prevention & Treatment

The CDC recommends these steps to fight the flu:

  • Vaccination.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Use medication the way your doctor recommends it.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth because germs spread this way.
  • Most importantly, contact your medical provider immediately if you show any signs of the flu.

For information on where to obtain a Flu vaccination, visit Delaware’s Influenza Testing site at https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/fluclinics.html.

For more information on Influenza, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/images/multi-language-pdfs/flu_and_you_english_508.pdf.

If you have additional questions, contact the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) or go to www.cdc.gov/flu.

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