Munson Health
 
2013-14 Flu


flu season is right around the corner

Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or rub hands until dry with hand sanitizer.



Prevention

Vaccination is the best prevention against the flu. At home, remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or rub hands until dry with hand sanitizer. It also is important to use proper cough etiquette by coughing into a sleeve rather than your hands. Avoid people who are sick.

Flu Symptoms

If you have the flu, you may have some or all of these symptoms:
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Cough for two to seven days
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Runny or stuff nose
  • Sore throat
  • Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting
It is important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Emergency Warning Signs

Emergency warning signs that require urgent medical attention include:

In children:
  • Fast breathing or troubled breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • 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 a cough

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 a cough   

What to Do

If you are sick, stay home until your fever has been gone for 24 hours. Medications are available to relieve flu symptoms, however, children or teenagers should never be given aspirin without first speaking with their doctor.

It is not necessary to go to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care for typical flu symptoms.

If you experience severe illness, or you are at high risk for flu complications, contact your health care provider or seek medical care. This includes pregnant women, people age 65 and older, young people under 24 years old, and people of any age with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease.

Visiting the Hospital

Visitors to Munson Medical Center are asked to use the Main Lobby doors and not to enter the hospital through the Emergency Department entrance. Family and friends should not visit patients if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

 

For More Information

If you have questions or concern about flu symptoms, please contact your physician. For more information about seasonal flu, contact your local health department, or visit the CDC at cdc.gov/flu.




.