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Flu Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of the flu virus.

* fever (not everyone with the flu will have a fever)   * body aches
* cough   * headache
* sore throat   * chills
* runny or stuff nose   * fatigue
* sometimes diarrhea and vomiting    


IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE FLU

Stay home and away from other people as much as possible; cover your nose and mouth if you must be around other people (facemask or tissue).

Unless you are in a high-risk category (a young child, pregnant, have certain underlying health conditions like asthma or diabetes or a weakened immune system, or are 65 years and older), take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen and drink plenty of fluids.

Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of feverreducing medicine.

Most people get better without treatment and don't need to seek medical help. However, if you are in a high-risk category, consult with your health care provider if you get flu symptoms.

Anyone with the following emergency warning signs needs urgent medical attention

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

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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