Logan Memorial Hospital has seen a rise in the number of patients suffering from Influenza.
January 3, 2014
Symptoms of this contagious respiratory illness usually develop suddenly and can include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
Infected people may be contagious beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 7 or more days after becoming sick. It is possible to pass on the flu to another before you realize you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
If you have the flu, take note of the following precautions to speed your recovery as well as to avoid contaminating others:
Stay at home for 7 days after your symptoms appear or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, except to seek medical care.
Get plenty of rest
Drink clear fluids
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands often, especially after using tissues or coughing into your hand. Remember that some viruses and bacteria can live on surfaces like doorknobs and furniture for up to 2 hours!
Wear a facemask if sharing common areas with family members
Avoid close contact with others – do not go to work or school when ill
Check with your healthcare provider about whether you should take antiviral medications
Seek emergency care immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:
-difficulty breathing or chest pain
-purple or blue discoloration of the lips
-vomiting to the point of being unable to keep liquids down
-signs of dehydration, such as dizziness when standing, absence of urination or in infants, lack of tears when crying