After three glorious days on St. Simons Island, Elizabeth Plyler arrived home with a splitting headache and a temperature that had spiked to 104.
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TIPS TO GUARD AGAINST THE FLU:
- The most important way to guard against the flu is to get the flu shot.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Teach kids to wash their hands long enough by singing “Happy Birthday” twice.
- Wash your hands using soap and water after using the restroom, before eating, after contact with any bodily fluids, and after coughing or sneezing
- Use alcohol based hand sanitizers, which are actually more effective against killing germs
- Always cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your upper sleeve or elbow.
- Disinfect high-traffic areas that may collect germs.
- For more flu prevention tips, visit choa.org/flu
Source: Dr. James Fortenberry, pediatrician-in-chief, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FLU
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.