There is no cure for the flu so it is important that you take steps to avoid getting the flu. Prepare to fight the flu by getting vaccinated and taking preventive action.
A yearly flu shot will protect you from the most common flu viruses circulating this season. It is recommended that everyone six months or older who wishes to reduce the likelihood of getting the flu get the flu vaccine.
Unlike a cold that comes on gradually, the flu begins suddenly with a headache, chills, and a cough. It is immediately followed by fever, loss of appetite, muscle aches, and tiredness. You can also have a runny nose and a sore throat. Most people recover from the flu within 7 to 10 days, although tiredness can last longer.
If you come down with flu-like symptoms, ask your nurse or doctor whether you should take medication for your symptoms. Stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (except to get medical care).
Start practicing good health habits today so you can stay healthy this flu season!
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