Ask The Nurse; Key Facts About Influenza

September 2, 2020

What is Influenza?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat, & sometimes the lungs. It can lead to pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, & worsen other chronic medical conditions. You are most contagious in the first 3 to 4 days.

What are some of the symptoms of Influenza?

  • Fever (not everyone may experience a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose
  • Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Sometimes Diarrhea & Vomiting

What is the best way to prevent getting Influenza?

Everyone should receive a flu vaccination & always use good hand washing. Do not go around others if you are experiencing any symptoms. Go see your doctor as soon as possible to be tested for the flu. You may be placed on medication that may shorten the length of this illness.

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