What are the symptoms of the flu?

The flu is a common virus in the winter months. It can cause mild to severe illness and its symptoms appear quickly. Some of these symptoms include:

    • Fever or chills
    • Coughing
    • Sore throat
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue 

How do I treat the flu?

If you get ill, stay hydrated and treat a fever with ibuprofen or Tylenol. Most people recover in a few days or within two weeks, but some people can develop complications (such as pneumonia) because of the flu. Some of these can be life-threatening. 

How do I prevent the flu?

The best way to fight the flu is with prevention, and the best prevention is the flu vaccine.

The flu vaccine can:

    • Prevent the risk of getting the flu.
    • Reduce the severity of illness for those who get it, particularly those with weak immune systems.
    • Protect those around you from getting the flu.
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Other preventative steps:

    • Washing hands.
    • Avoiding contact with those who are ill.
    • Wearing masks in crowded indoor spaces.