Summit Health Flu Prevention Tips

Protect yourself and everyone around you this flu season. Influenza, also known as the "flu" is a contagious respiratory illness. Influenza can cause mild to severe illness.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourages everyone 6 months and older to get an annual flu shot. At Summit Health, our team of medical experts believe that the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is to get a flu shot. That is why we offer flu shots at one of our convenient locations.

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Flu prevention tips from Summit Health medical experts:

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Seasonal Flu Facts

  • Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses
  • Flu season typically peaks in January or February
  • Flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself
  • Flu symptoms usually last one to two weeks
  • Anyone is at risk of contracting influenza, but children, seniors, and individuals with chronic health conditions are at highest risk for severe influenza complications.

Prevent the Flu Tips

Here are some ways to help you prevent the Flu:

  • Get the flu shot
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaners, especially after you cough or sneeze
  • Make sure you cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue away
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth because germs can spread that way

What are Common Symptoms of the Flu?

  • 100ºF or higher fever or feeling feverish
  • Cough and/or sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea

What to Do When You’re Sick

If you get sick with influenza (the flu), limit contact with others. This means staying home from work or school to avoid infecting others. Take care of yourself or others by:

  • Stay at home and rest
  • Limit contact with others
  • Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids
  • Treat fever and cough with over the counter medicines

When to Seek Emergency Care

Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but return with fever and cough