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Message from the Nurse: Flu

Message from the Nurse: Flu
Posted on 02/06/2018

What are signs of the flu?
The most important signs are:

  • Fever (temperature 100.4 F/38 C or higher), with or without chills
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Muscle aches
  • Dry cough

Less common signs are:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Children might have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

What makes flu different from a cold?

  • Fever, tiredness, and muscle aches are rare with a cold.
  • Flu symptoms usually are sudden
  • Signs of a cold are gradual
  • Signs of a cold are sneezing, sore throat, and stuffy nose
  • Cough is part of the flu, but not always with a cold
  • What can I do to prevent flu?
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow
  • Clean surfaces frequently
  • Get a flu shot from your provider or area pharmacy

What should I do if I’m sick or think that my child has the flu?

  • Call your provider if you have a fever
  • Stay home from work or school, especially with a fever.

If you have any questions about the flu, please call your provider or ask your school nurse.