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Seasonal Flu Precautions

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Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval) officials urge residents and visitors to take precautions to help limit their risk of exposure to seasonal flu. The flu is an infection of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus. Compared with most other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, influenza infection often causes a more severe illness. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each fall. 

Prevention Tips 

Follow these simple steps to prevent the flu:

  1. Get Vaccinated! Get your flu shot. Additionally, Pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for persons at increased risk for serious Pneumococcal infection, including those age 2 years or older with certain chronic medical conditions, and all persons aged 65 years or older.
  2. Wash your hands often—the most common way to catch the flu is to touch your own eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.
  3. Keep your hands away from your face.
  4. Keep your distance from others when you are sick.
  5. Keep your distance if you are around someone else who is sick.
  6. Stay home if you are sick.
  7. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing.
  8. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  9. Be aware that you can still spread germs up to 7 days after getting sick.

Flu Symptoms 

  • Body aches and pains.
  • Cough and chest discomfort which may become severe.
  • Early and significant exhaustion.
  • Fatigue and weakness that may last up to 2–3 weeks.
  • Headache.
  • High fever (102–104 degrees F) for 3–4 days.
  • Occasional stuffy nose, sneezing, and sore throat.

What to do if you get the flu? 

  • Consider layered apparel for body temperature changes.
  • Do not share cups and eating utensils.
  • Do not take aspirin products without physician approval.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Over-the-counter cold or cough medicines may also relieve some flu symptoms. Check with your doctor.
  • Sleep and take it easy.
  • Take acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) to relieve your fever and aches. 
  • Wash your hands frequently.

Where to get a flu vaccine 

Contact your healthcare provider or visit one of the following links:

http://www.flu.gov/whereyoulive/index.html

Locate a Flu Shot

Interested in learning more? 

  • Visit Flu.gov
  • For the most current information about influenza in Florida, please see Florida's Weekly Surveillance Report, the Florida Flu Review.
  • Read more Flu Facts.