Protect Yourself From the Flu
With the increase in influenza in our community, we join public health officials in encouraging flu shots while the vaccine is available. Supply will continue to be limited as the flu season continues. We remind patients to call ahead to the provider’s office to check availability of the vaccine at the time of their appointment.
In addition, all are encouraged to take precautions to avoid spreading the flu such as increased hand washing and limiting contact with those who have respiratory symptoms.
At Carle, for the safety of our patients, staff and visitors, we ask those with respiratory symptoms to wear a mask while visiting Carle.
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What Are the Risk Factors for the Flu?
Anyone can get the flu. But you're more likely to become infected if you:
- Have a weakened immune system.
- Have frequent, close contact with young children.
- Work in a healthcare setting where you may be exposed to flu germs.
- Live or work with someone who has the flu.
- Haven't received an annual flu shot.
How Does the Flu Spread?
The flu is caused by viruses (germs). The germs spread through the air in droplets when someone who has the flu coughs, sneezes, laughs, or talks. You can become infected when you inhale these germs directly. You can also become infected when you touch a surface on which the droplets have landed and then transfer the germs to your eyes, nose, or mouth. Touching used tissues, or sharing utensils, drinking glasses, or a toothbrush with an infected person can expose you to flu germs, too.
What Are the Symptoms of the Flu?
Flu symptoms tend to come on quickly and may last a few days to a few weeks. They include:
- Fever (usually higher than 101°F) and chills
- Sore throat and headache
- Dry cough
- Runny nose
- Tiredness and weakness
- Muscle aches
More information from Flu.gov