Public Flu Shot Clinics
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What you should know about the flu
How to prevent the flu
• Get a seasonal flu shot.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Cough into your elbow or tissue (and place the used tissue in the trash).
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
• Clean commonly touched surfaces often (door knobs, refrigerator handles, phones, water faucets) with a household disinfectant.
• Avoid contact with people who have the flu, when possible.
How to know if you have the flu
Unlike a cold, which comes on slowly, the flu comes on fast. Usual flu symptoms include fever of more than 100 degrees F and one or more of the following:
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Body aches
How to treat the flu
• Stay at home from work, school and public events for at least 24 hours after your fever (100 degrees F or more) goes away without the use of fever-reducing medications.
• Get plenty of rest.
• Drink lots of fluids.
• Take medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fever, headaches and body aches.
• Children often need help keeping their fever under control. Follow instructions from your child’s doctor.
• Antibiotics will not help a person recover from the flu because the flu is caused by a virus, not by bacteria.
When to seek medical attention
If you experience any of the following symptoms:
• Difficulty breathing
• Confusion or dizziness
• Chest or abdominal pain/pressure
• Persistent vomiting
• Change in skin color to bluish or gray
If your flu symptoms persist beyond 24-48 hours and you are in one of the following high-risk categories:
• Under the age of 5 or over the age of 65
• Have a chronic medical condition, such as heart or lung disease, asthma, diabetes, or a weakened immune system
If you get better for a few days and then your fever and cough return, contact your doctor immediately as this could be a sign of a serious bacterial infection.
What you should know about flu shots
A seasonal flu shot protects you against the strains of flu that experts predict will be most prevalent this year. The vaccine is not 100 percent effective so you may still get the flu, but it should be a milder case. You can also get sick with other flu strains not included in the vaccine.