Fight the Flu
This year, the influenza virus (seasonal flu) is sure to cause sickness. Experts predict the H1N1 virus will, too. Take these steps to reduce your risk for both of these diseases.
- Know the symptoms. Both types of viruses have similar symptoms, such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, overall fatigue, chills and body aches. The H1N1 virus can be more severe. If your symptoms improve but return with fever and a worse cough, or you have trouble breathing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges you to get immediate medical treatment.
- Prevent it. Get vaccinated at the start of flu season. Wash your hands. You can catch these illnesses when you touch something an infected person has touched, coughed, sneezed or breathed on. Wash your hands in warm, soapy water many times during the day. Stay away from sick people. If your co-workers are sick, ask them to go home. Avoid crowded places, like sporting events, during the height of flu season. Stay away from sneezing and coughing children.
Make healthy choices, recommends the American Medical Association. Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water. Get regular exercise. Sleep well. Making these choices will help keep your immune system strong.
- If you get sick, stay home. The CDC recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever subsides. Learn more about the H1N1 flu virus, its symptoms and how it’s different from the seasonal flu.