The Flu and You

The Flu and You - What you need to know to stay healthy.

What you need to know to stay healthy.

Did you know "flu season" in the U.S. can actually last more than half the year? According to the CDC, cases of the flu tend to increase beginning in October and activity can last through May. Getting vaccinated and taking everyday precautions can help you and your loved ones stay healthy.

Who's at Risk for the Flu?

Who’s at Risk for the Flu?

Everyone is at risk of getting the flu and those 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine. You should especially receive a vaccination if you or someone you live with or care for is at high risk of complications from the flu.

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Signs and Symptoms

Lutheran Health Network Education

Although the flu and a common cold have similar symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing and a runny or stuffy nose, the flu tends to be more severe.

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Treatment

Flu - Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with the flu, you should stay at home for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks, except to receive medical care, and follow your doctor's recommendations.

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5 Ways to Avoid Getting the Flu

5 Ways to Avoid Getting the Flu

Following these 5 easy steps could greatly decrease your chances of catching the flu this year.

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Emergency Departments

Emergency Departments

LHN Emergency Departments are equipped to treat those experiencing emergency flu symptoms. If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness, you should go to the emergency room.

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Find a Doctor

Find a Doctor

A primary care physician can:

  • Provide flu vaccinations
  • Diagnose the flu
  • Prescribe at-home treatment and medications

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