Do you have the flu?

Are you experiencing fever or chills or cough or fatigue or headaches or sore throat or runny or stuffy nose or muscle or body aches?

No: You probably don’t have the flu! The flu shot protects against the most common flu strains, so you probably don’t have the flu. But there’s a chance you may.

Yes: Did you get a flu shot this year?

Yes: Nice work! You probably don’t have the flu. The flu shot protects against the most common flu strains, so you probably don’t have the flu. But there’s a chance you may.

If your symptoms get worse, such as difficulty breathing or chest pains, see a doctor immediately.

No: You may have the flu. Flu is a virus that is spread through tiny droplets in the air and on surfaces.

Once you’re feeling better, get a flu shot! The annual flu shot is the most effective way to avoid getting the flu.

Stop the spread of germs: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

What to do if you have the flu: Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone and drink plenty of fluids.

Supplies to keep nearby:

  • Tissues
  • Medications
  • Water
  • Wastebasket
  • Thermometer
  • Humidifier

If you’re a person in a high risk group — such as a young child, senior or pregnant person — or if you’re very worried, contact your doctor.

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