- 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 children than adults.
What to do if you have the flu
- Stay home
- Avoid contact with other people
- Young children, people 65 or older, and people with asthma, diabetes or women who are pregnant, should talk to a health care provider about whether they need to be examined if they get flu symptoms.
- Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
- Children should not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
How to prevent catching and spreading the flu
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough into your sleeve to prevent the spread of droplets that can contain germs.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or more or use an alcohol-based hand rub if water is not available.
- Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes to prevent spreading germs.
- It is not too late to get a flu shot. If you have not yet received a flu shot you can contact your doctor, your town's health department or your local pharmacy to get one.
For more flu information check the Department of Public Health website -- www.mass.gov.
Source: Rita Casper RN, MBA, District Coordinator for Nursing Services, Andover Public Schools and Mass. General web site.