Communicable Disease Control

Influenza (Flu)

Fever, aches and chills?

The flu is more than a bad cold. In addition to congestion, cough and sore throat, symptoms also include fever and body aches.  Flu can be a serious disease, especially in young children, older adults and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.

The flu virus and many other viruses are spread through droplets from the nose and mouth that get on surfaces from coughing and sneezing. Flu germs can live on surfaces for up to 8 hours.

Stay healthy this flu season:

  • get your flu shot early
  • wash your hands often
  • avoid touching your eyes and face
  • do not share personal items such as drinking cups
  • cover your cough or sneeze
  • do the fist bump instead of shaking hands

The best way to stay healthy during the flu season is to get your flu shot early, before mid November. It takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in your body to protect you against the flu. 

If you are sick with the flu, stay home and away from others (except to go to the doctor) until 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

Updated October 2015




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