What to do when the flu hits home

Each year the flu may not only impact you, but also the people around you. Your first line of defense is to get a flu shot, which may reduce your risk of flu illness.

Understanding the flu vaccine

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If you or a loved one experience flu symptoms such as a fever, cough or sore throat, visit your doctor or urgent care clinic right away. Get plenty of rest and take the following measures for recovery:

  • Treat fever and cough with over-the-counter medicine. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to relieve your symptoms.
  • Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss (dehydration).
  • Avoid direct contact with household members to help prevent others from getting sick.

To help prevent spreading the flu:

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Wipe down doorknobs, bedside tables, bathroom sinks, toilets, phones and toys.
  • Clean bed linens and laundry with normal laundry soap, and dry on a hot setting. Be sure to hold all dirty laundry away from your face and body.

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