Fight the Flu

Fever. Body aches. Chills. Influenza is serious, and this year’s virus hit early and hit hard.

Symptoms of the flu include:

  • fever
  • body aches
  • headache
  • dry cough
  • sore throat
  • extreme tiredness

Flu symptoms may last a week or more. If you haven’t gotten sick, keep it that way by taking precautions to protect yourself and those around you.

You can spread illness without being sick

First of all, it’s important to note that you can spread illnesses without being sick. If you’ve been around someone with a virus, you may have been exposed to some of their germs but not gotten sick from them. Unfortunately, others may not have the same immune response and may fall ill.

You can prevent the spread of influenza

There are lots of things you can do to prevent the flu from spreading:
  • Frequently washing your hands is the most effective way to prevent the spread of respiratory infection. Teach your children how to wash their hands and to do so frequently.
  • Do not share items such as cups, glasses and utensils with others.
  • Avoid people with upper respiratory infections, such as colds.
  • Newborn babies should avoid visitors for two weeks.
  • Avoid child-care centers, malls, family and sports events, movie theaters and other congested places where many people are in an enclosed area.
  • Avoid visiting children who are in the hospital.
  • Avoid tobacco smoke. If people who smoke live in your home, ask them to smoke outside and to change their clothing before being around your child.
  • Get vaccinated against influenza. It’s not too late.

What to do if you or a loved one gets the flu

If you have been diagnosed with the flu, stay home.
  • Over-the-counter medications may relieve some flu symptoms but will not make you less contagious.
  • Your health care provider may prescribe antiviral medications to make your illness milder and prevent serious complications.
  • Your health care provider may prescribe antibiotics if your flu has progressed to a bacterial infection.
  • Find more helpful information here.

What is Sanford doing to keep patient’s safe

Some of our Sanford Health sites have implemented visitor restrictions or are requesting that visitors wear masks as a safeguard for our patients and our employees. Visit our alerts page to learn if there are visit restrictions at your local hospital.

Questions? Concerns? Sanford Health nurses are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about the flu. Call My Sanford Nurse.

Posted Date: January 2013

Fight the Flu

Influenza is hitting the nation hard this year with one of the worst seasons in recent history. But there’s a lot you can do to protect you and your family.