Monday, September 21, 2009

What Should I do If I Get the Flu?

This was sent to me today from UND. I will restate some important points!
Most people with H1N1 or seasonal flu will recover at home with little or no medical care. For those who are at higher risk of serious complications should consult health care providers if they develop flu-like symptoms or if they have had a recent close contact with someone who has had the flu.
What are the high risk groups? Answer: Asthmatics, Diabetics, Immunes suppressed people, heart, lung, livr or kidney disease patients, persons younger than 19 years who are receiving long term aspirin therapy, pregnant ladies, adults older than 65 and children younger than 5 years.
What are the symptoms? Answer: these include fever greater than 100degrees F, cough or sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache and or body aches, chills, fatigue, and with H1N1 one may also get vomiting and diarrhea.
When do you get medical attention? Answer: when you have- difficulty breathing or chest pain, have purple or blue discoloration to your lips, are vomiting and unable to keep fluids down, showing signs of dehydration, such as dizziness when standing of being unable to urinate, having seizures, or are less responsive tha normal or become confused.
If you become ill avoid contact with others for least 24 hours after the fever goes away, without the help of fever reducing medicines.
The 5 key habits prevent 73% of the flu. They are:
1. Cover your cough
2. Clean your hands frequently
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
4. Keep your distance from sick people (3-6 feet).
5. Stay home if you are sick.

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