Individuals are encouraged to follow these preventive measures to protect themselves and those around them from getting and/or spreading influenza:
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your upper sleeve. If you use a tissue, throw it away after one use.
- Use your own drinking cups and straws.
- Avoid being exposed to people who are sick with influenza-like symptoms.
- Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces such as door knobs, refrigerator handles, telephones and faucets, microwave and copier buttons.
Call your provider if you need guidance with any of these typical flu symptoms: fever (usually high), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, and stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Seek medical care right away if you or a loved one has any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish or gray skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Severe or constant vomiting
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that he or she does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms that get better, and then return and get worse
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
For more information on influenza, influenza vaccine and its availability, contact the Fond du Lac County Health Department at (920) 929-3085.