Influenza, Adult

Influenza (flu) is an infection caused by a germ. It starts suddenly, usually with a fever. It causes chills, dry and hacking cough, headache, body aches, and sore throat. Influenza spreads easily from one person to another.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Rest.

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

  • Wash your hands often. Do this after you blow your nose, after you go to the bathroom, and before you touch food.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have shortness of breath while resting.

  • You have pain or pressure in the chest or belly (abdomen).

  • You suddenly feel dizzy.

  • You feel confused.

  • You have a hard time breathing.

  • Your skin or nails turn bluish in color.

  • You get a bad neck pain or stiffness.

  • You get a bad headache, face pain, or earache.

  • You throw up (vomit) a lot and often.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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