Winter is not over yet and people are still at risk of getting flu. Flu is spread mainly from person-to-person through coughing, sneezing or touching. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, dry cough, muscle pain, body aches, runny nose, sore throat or hot and cold shivers.
Steps to limit your chances of getting flu
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw away the tissue after use.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you have flu, limit contact with others so that you don’t infect them.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth germs spread this way.
- Drink lots of liquids and get some bed rest.
- People who are at risk of getting more seriously ill from flu like the elderly, young children or those who are HIV positive, should be treated as soon as possible after flu symptoms develop.
Shortness of breath, ongoing or high fever, rapid breathing, chest pain and persistent vomiting are warning signs of severe influenza infection. This requires urgent treatment.