How Do You Know if it is the Flu?
- High fever (102-104 degrees F) for 3-4 days
- Body aches and pains
- Fatigue and weakness that may last up to 2-3 weeks
- Early and significant exhaustion
- Cough and chest discomfort which may become severe
- Occasional stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat
Still not sure? Influenza Symptoms
What to Do if You Get the Flu?
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Sleep and take it easy.
- Take acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) to relieve your fever and aches.
- Over-the-counter cold or cough medicines may also relieve some flu symptoms. Check with your doctor.
- Do not take aspirin products without physician approval.
- Consider layered apparel for body temperature changes.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Do not share cups and eating utensils.
Learn more: Visit Flu.gov: What to do About the Flu
Most people who get the flu recover without having to see their healthcare provider. If your flu symptoms worsen, you have a high temperature for more than a few days, or if you seem better but then feel worse, call your healthcare provider right away.