Self Care

Preparedness and Treatment Tips

Worried about getting the flu, or a cold this season? Follow some basic guidelines to help you avoid the drag of getting sick and missing school or work.

Typical Flu Symptoms (Seasonal)

Fever (greater than 100.4º F), cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, vomiting and diarrhea.

Prevention

  • Stay informed, visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.
  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures www.flu.gov
  • Get vaccinated if flu vaccine is available.  Regular seasonal flu vaccination should be available by early October.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough/sneeze and dispose of in waste basket.
  • Wash you hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.

Recommended vaccination groups include:

  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age
  • Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
  • People between the ages of 6 months and 24 years, and
  • People ages 25-64 years of age who have chronic health conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes) or compromised immune systems