Only You Can Stop the Flu
- Get vaccinated
- Wash your hands
- Cover your cough
- Stay home when you're sick
- Clean things that are touched often
The Centers for Disease Control recommend a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu.
- The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three seasonal viruses that research suggests will be most common. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1, and two other influenza viruses (an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus).
- Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
- Seasonal flu vaccine also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to prevent giving the flu to those at high risk.
- Call or visit your doctor if you:
- have bluish or gray skin color
- are not drinking enough fluids
- have severe or persistent vomiting
- have flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- have other conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma) and develops flu-like symptoms, including a fever and/or cough.
- Your doctor may prescribe an antiviral drug to treat your flu.
- If you get seasonal or H1N1 flu, antiviral drugs can treat the flu.
- Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body.
- Antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications.
- Antiviral drugs are not sold over-the-counter and are different from antibiotics.
- Antiviral drugs may be especially important for people who are very sick (hospitalized) or people who are sick with the flu and who are at increased risk of serious flu complications, such as pregnant women, young children and those with chronic health conditions.
- For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started within the first 2 days of symptoms.
- fever (usually high)
- extreme tiredness
- dry cough
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle aches
- sore throat
- sometimes diarrhea
For more information:
- Talk to your doctor
- Visit www.cdc.gov