How do you know if you have the flu?

Classic flu (influenza) symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

According to the CDC, most people with flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care if you are very ill. Then, the instructions are:

  • If prescribed by your healthcare provider, take antiviral drugs.
  • Protect others – limit exposure, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and wash/sanitize hands and surfaces.
  • Stay home 24 hours after your fever is gone.

Get enough rest along with hydration. Broth or chicken soup is helpful, along with ice pops, hot tea, vegetable juice, yogurt and Vitamin C-containing fruits. If you or your loved one are very sick, in a high-risk group or worried about symptoms, contact the Bronston Community Care Clinic at 608.781.2225 for a fast appointment and professional care.