According to CDC preventive measures, to protect yourself from flu and flu-like illnesses, practice general preventive measures:
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly;
- Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and who have fever and cough;
- Practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritious food, and keeping physically active;
- Keep your environment clean with readily available cleaning agents.
What should I do if I think I have flu or flu-like illness?
If you feel unwell, have high fever, cough and/or sore throat:
- Stay at home and keep away from work, school or crowds as much as possible;
- Rest and drink plenty of fluids;
- Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when coughing and sneezing and dispose of the used tissues properly;
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing;
- Inform family and friends about your illness and seek help for household chores that require contact with other people such as shopping;
- Children should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
If you need medical attention:
- Contact your doctor or healthcare provider and report your symptoms;
- Follow the advice given to you for care;
- If it is not possible to contact your healthcare provider in advance, communicate your suspicion of having the flu immediately upon arrival to the healthcare facility.
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