If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please seek appropriate medical care.
If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms).
If you are worried about your symptoms you may want to contact your health care provider who will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed. If you experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.
In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention can include:
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention can include:
Please contact Employee Health or your local Public Health Department can also answer your questions.
Seasonal Influenza (flu) is a respiratory disease caused by type A influenza virus or type B influenza virus. In the United States, annual epidemics of influenza typically occur during the fall or winter months.
Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months.
The symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with flu. Flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions or cause severe illness.
If you have a fever (100 degrees F or greater) and cough, sore throat, running nose, malaise, headache, vomiting diarrhea or sign/symptoms of influenza please contact your manager prior to reporting to work
Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
Infected people may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.
We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks.
Get your seasonal influenza immunization.