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Flu

Posted on Wed, Dec. 17, 2003 by the Herald-leader on-line

Though many people believe vomiting and diarrhea-type illnesses are...
Do you have the flu?
If you get the flu
How to stay well

Though many people believe vomiting and diarrhea-type illnesses are flu, influenza is an illness that mainly involves the lungs. About 10 to 20 percent of Americans get influenza each year.

Flu symptoms include:

• Fever, usually 102 to 104 degrees and lasting three to four days.

• Headache with sudden onset, often severe.

• Muscle aches, often severe.

• Extreme tiredness, exhaustion or weakness that can last two weeks or longer.

• Dry cough, which can be severe.

• Runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing or sore throat are less common symptoms.

• Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are also less common, but sometimes seen in children.

Colds rarely include fever in adults and older children. Headache and exhaustion are also rare with a cold; most colds involve only mild muscle aches and tiredness.
Do you have the flu?
If you get the flu
How to stay well

• Get plenty of rest.

• Drink fluids.

• Never give aspirin to children or teens with fever, unless directed by a doctor.

• People at high risk of flu complications should consult with their doctor when symptoms begin. People with very severe flu symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should also call their doctors.
Do you have the flu?
If you get the flu
How to stay well

The best protection against influenza is vaccination, but some other ways to prevent infection are these:

• Avoid poorly ventilated areas and close contact with people who are sick.

• Wash hands often.

• Keep the hands away from eyes, nose and mouth.
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