Broward families and consumers, flu season is here. Many people become anxious during flu season and fear getting influenza. Know the symptoms, know what you can do and stay home if you are diagnosed with the flu.
Do you know the symptoms?
You may experience all or some of these:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Muscle and body aches
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea
If you or anyone in your family have these symptoms, please see your doctor! Your doctor can determine if this is truly influenza and then prescribe a treatment, if needed.
Always call your health care provider when in doubt.
Who is at higher risk?
1. Young children
2. Adults age 65 and over
3. Pregnant women
4. Others with certain medical conditions like diabetes, asthma, heart disease and lung disease
What can you do?
- Proper and frequent hand washing, with soap and water, helps to stop the spread of infection
- Cover coughs
- Cover sneezes
- Wash your hands after coughing and/or sneezing
- Stock up on tissues; Throw used tissues in the trash
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs (i.e.. remote control, door knobs, phones, key boards, refrigerator door handle, garage door openers, sink and cabinet handles, etc.)
- Try to avoid contact with sick people
- If you are sick, stay home. Don’t infect others.
- Get a flu shot as soon as it becomes available
How long should I stay home if I am sick with the flu?
The Center for Disease Control recommends you stay home for at least twenty-four (24) hours after your fever is gone. You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, parties and other social engagements, and public events.
Stick to your regular meal pattern, as able, and drink plenty of fluids. You may want to have some of these food and beverage items on hand: Popsicles, clear sports drinks, soup, clear broth, fruit juices, crackers, dry toast, cooked cereals and jello/gelatin. Always follow your physicians recommendation(s).
Protect yourself from the flu. The flu is no joke.
I hope you stay healthy this flu season. Take care of yourself. Always eat properly following MyPlate guidelines, get your annual physical, get enough sleep, stay hydrated, control stress levels and get regular exercise.
Thank you for reading this blog. Please feel free to leave comments.
Wishing you a happy and healthy day.
For more information
FLU: What to Do if You Get Sick/UF Student Health Care Center https://shcc.ufl.edu/services/primary-care/flu/what-to-do-if-you-get-sick/
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institutes of Health (NIH)