Cover Your Cough
Everything you need to know this flu season
Flu season is at an all-time high all across the United States effecting those of all ages. Here are the top 3 things you should know about this year’s flu and what you can do to prevent it.
According to the CDC “Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.”
- Know the signs
The symptoms of the flu will occur suddenly, not gradually, these symptoms include:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults.
*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
- How it spreads
- Flu is most contagious 3-4 days after illness begins
- Healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
- Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.
- How to prevent it
As soon as you see or feel any flu symptoms, go to you PCP immediately. If you are around someone with the flu, go to your PCP immediately.
- Stay home
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Stay away from people who are sick
- Frequent handwashing
- Get the flu vaccination
About St. Augustine: For nearly 50 years, St. Augustine Health Ministries has provided services and programs to thousands of Clevelanders- the chronically ill, aging, disabled and those in need of hospice care. As a not-for-profit, faith-based organization, we rely on the support of our community friends and partners to help continue to bring these services to those in need.
For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm