The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. The flu spreads in respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. You are able to spread the flu beginning 1 day before getting symptoms and up to 7 days after getting sick. The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine. However, the flu vaccine is in limited supply this fall.
Ways to help prevent the flu are:
Be aware of the FLU symptoms:
Treatment is based on symptoms. Drink plenty of fluids, take Advil, etc. for fever and muscle aches. Rest is imperative. Remember that the flu is a virus, therefore, antibiotics are not helpful.