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Caring for Those with the Flu

caring for someone who has the flu

When someone has the flu, they usually feel very sick and tired. Other symptoms may include feeling achy, a fever, and dehydration. If you are caring for someone who has the flu, and you have already received the influenza vaccine this year, take the following precautions to help ensure you do not get sick:

  • Wash your hands often. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizing gel or liquid.
  • Clean your hands after touching the infected person or handling their tissues, laundry, or other belongings.
  • Avoid touching or being in close contact with the person.
  • When caring for a sick child, place their chin on your shoulder to prevent them from coughing in your face.

Flu Virus Warning Signs

While it is recommended that people with the flu stay at home, it is very important to seek medical attention if your condition worsens or if you develop the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Extreme vomiting
  • Pressure or discomfort in the chest or abdomen
  • Blue or purple discoloration in the skin

If you or a loved one has any of these symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.

Steps to Take if You Get the Flu

  1. If you get very sick, are pregnant, are 65 years or older, or are at high risk for flu-related complications, call your doctor.
  2. Stay at home and rest.
  3. Avoid close contact with healthy people.
  4. Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent dehydration.

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