Flu Alert: Symptoms and Prevention

January 12, 2018 2:16 pm Published by

Alabama is experiencing widespread flu activity. Flu is a highly contagious viral infection that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu comes on suddenly and causes some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea, especially in children

Please do not visit patients at Providence Hospital if you have any of these flu symptoms.

People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease, and people 65 years and older. They should not visit the hospital except to receive care.

What is the best way to fight the flu?

  • Get a flu shot. It’s not too late!
  • Stay at home if you have a fever
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and items that might be contaminated
  • Learn home care

If you have mild to moderate flu or flu-like symptoms, do not go to your doctor’s office without calling first and do not go to the emergency room. Mild to moderate cases of the flu usually do not require a hospital visit. Patients who do visit the emergency room or outpatient clinic should expect long wait times. Call your doctor to see if you are eligible to receive antiviral drugs without an appointment. Antivirals make you better faster and also may prevent serious complications.

For more information about the flu, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.