Influenza, Adult

ExitCare ImageInfluenza (flu) is an infection in the mouth, nose, and throat (respiratory tract) caused by a virus. The flu can make you feel very ill. Influenza spreads easily from person to person (contagious).


  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Use a cool mist humidifier to make breathing easier.

  • Get plenty of rest until your fever goes away. This usually takes 3 to 4 days.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

  • Wash your hands well to avoid spreading the flu.

  • Stay home from work or school until your fever has been gone for at least 1 full day.

  • Get a flu shot every year.


  • You have trouble breathing or feel short of breath.

  • Your skin or nails turn blue.

  • You have severe neck pain or stiffness.

  • You have a severe headache, facial pain, or earache.

  • Your fever gets worse or keeps coming back.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous), throw up (vomit), or have watery poop (diarrhea).

  • You have chest pain.

  • You have a deep cough that gets worse, or you cough up more thick spit (mucus).


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.