Influenza Information and Prevention
Ways to protect yourself from the flu:
- Get a flu vaccine (85% of current cases would be covered by the vaccine available). It is getting harder to find vaccine as some providers have used all of their supply for this year. Currently, Walgreens in Whitewater still has vaccine and other sources can be found via the flu shot finder at http://flu.wisconsin.gov
- Avoid contact with people who are ill
- Cover your cough by coughing into your arm or a tissue
- Wash your hands
- If you have flu symptoms (fever >100⁰F and cough or sore throat), stay at home until at least 24 hours after symptoms are gone - this will help you recover sooner and protect others from getting sick
Visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/fluandyou_upright.pdf for more information.
You probably have the flu if you are running a fever >100⁰F and have a cough or sore throat and feel much worse than you do when you get a cold. You may also have headaches, body aches and be sick to your stomach.
Most persons with influenza will not need to visit a health care provider.
You do need to call and make an appointment with a health care provider if you:
- Are very short of breath when sitting and relaxing
- Have asthma or other lung or heart problem
- Are sick for more than a week and symptoms are not improving
- Have other symptoms that are worsening
Some things that can help you get through the flu:
- Drink fluids (small amounts frequently, such as 1/4 cup every 15-20 minutes, if you are sick to your stomach)
- Use acetaminophen or ibuprofen for aches, sore throat and fever
- Use a dextromethoraphan-containing cough syrup or honey in a warm beverage for cough
You can find more information at http://flu.wisconsin.gov and www.cdc.gov/flu