What are the symptoms of flu? What are some measures that will aid in prevention of the flu?
Flu onset is sudden with chills, headache, stuffy nose, weakness, and muscle aches. You'll exhiibit a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Cough and sore throat will also be usually present. Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and or exhaustion can occur in adults but usually occur more commonly in children.
Pregnant women are among those considered high risk along with those with heart problems. Older patients--those over the age of 65 should also take precautions. Take extra care if you have a disease that supresses the immune system or if you're taking medications that do. Those with diabetes, kidney or chronic lung diseases are also considered high risk. In order to prevent the spread of flu to others, stay home if you think you may have flu.
Here are some common sense practices that will help to lessen your chances of catching the flu. Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. Singing Happy Birthday twice will help you determine approximately 20 seconds. Do not touch your face-- nose, eyes or mouth. This is one of the quickest ways to introduce the virus into the body. Keep in mind that handwashing is the single best preventive measure.
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Use tissues or the crook of the elbow instead of hands. Wash hands with soap and water or use an alcohol hand cleaner after coughing, sneezing, or wiping or blowing your nose.
Its normal to worry about yourself and your family during flu season. Rembering these common sense practices can help in preventing the spread of flu.