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Flu symptoms can occur within hours or days after getting sick. Some people may not have any symptoms or only a mild fever, sore throat, and mild body aches.

If you have symptoms of the flu, it’s important to stay home for at least 24 hours after you start feeling better. For most people, the flu lasts three to seven days.

If you’re too sick to go home, keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after they start feeling better.

If you have the flu and have symptoms, such as a fever or severe body aches, it’s a good idea to stay home.

When to call your doctor?

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to call your doctor:

  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Confusion
  • Fast heart rate
  • Extreme fatigue
  • High fever of 104 F (40 C) or higher
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Throbbing headache
  • Weakness
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Loss of smell or taste

How is the flu diagnosed?

A doctor will usually ask about your symptoms and medical history. They may also do a physical exam. During this exam, your doctor will check for signs and symptoms of the flu, such as:

  • Swelling of the face, eyes, or lips
  • Aches in the muscles and joints
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If your doctor suspects you may have the flu, they may order one or more of the following tests to confirm the diagnosis:

  • Blood tests. A blood test can check for signs of infection, such as a low white blood cell count.
  • Sputum culture. A sample of mucus or sputum is tested for the presence of flu viruses.
  • Urinalysis. This test checks for signs of infection, such as a high white blood cell count.

How is the flu treated?

There’s no cure for the flu, but treatments can help you feel better. Antiviral medications can reduce the length of the flu.

These medications can be given by mouth or as an injection. They come in three different types:

  • Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)
  • Zanamivir (Relenza)
  • Peramivir (Rapivab)

These medications are available as either a liquid or a nasal spray.

You should take the medication for at least 24 hours. Usually, this is enough time to help you feel better.

To help prevent the flu, you should be sure to:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

To help reduce the length of the flu, you may want to:

  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Eat lots of nutritious food.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Get plenty of fluids.

If you have the flu, talk to your doctor about taking an antiviral medication, such as Tamiflu, Relenza, or Peramivir.

What is the outlook for children with the flu?

Most people who have the flu recover after a week or two.

Children under 2 years old may be more likely to have complications from the flu. These complications can include:

  • Severe dehydration
  • Death
  • Brain infection
  • Severe respiratory distress
  • Severe swelling of the throat

How can I prevent the flu?

To help prevent the flu, it’s important to know what steps to take and what to avoid.

If you’re sick, stay home and avoid contact with anyone who may be sick. If you’re around someone who may have the flu, take all of the following steps to help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you feel sick, stay home until you feel better.

What is the flu shot?

The flu shot is the most effective way to prevent the flu. It’s a combination of inactivated and live virus (subunit) flu viruses. It’s given as a shot into the arm.

The vaccine is the only way to make your body produce the flu virus. Most people get the shot every year.

The flu shot may not protect you against the flu if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. You should also get the flu shot if you:

  • Have a weak immune system
  • Are over the age of 65 years
  • Are at high risk for flu complications
  • Have had other serious infections

You can get a flu shot for free at a local pharmacy. You can also get the flu vaccine at:

  • The American Association of Immunization touch-screen kiosk
  • Select pharmacies
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC recommends that all people over 6 months old get the flu shot. This includes all children and adults, including pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions.

In addition, pregnant women are encouraged to get a flu vaccine every year. And, people with chronic conditions should get the flu vaccine every year.

The CDC also recommends that all children 6 months and older get a flu shot every year.

You can also get the flu vaccine at your doctor’s office. The vaccine is usually given as an injection.

Your doctor may also recommend that you get the flu vaccine if you:

  • Are at a high risk for complications from the flu
  • Have had a serious illness recently

What is the flu virus?

The flu virus is a type of virus that causes illness in humans.

It’s a virus that’s spread from person to person. The virus can be spread from person to person through contact with infected droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking.

The flu virus can also be spread through contact with a surface that has the virus on it. For example, touching your face, mouth, or nose with hands that have the virus on them.

The flu virus can also be spread through contaminated food or water.

In addition, the flu virus can be spread through contact with contaminated objects, such as:

  • Masks and lab coats

The bottom line

The flu can cause a lot of symptoms, including a high fever, body aches, and a cough.

If you’re sick with the flu, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands frequently and keep your home clean.

If you’re young and at risk for complications of the flu, it’s important to give yourself time to recover.

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