Five Steps to Take if You Have the Flu

Published 11/18/2019

What if I get sick?

We hope that you don’t get the flu this season, but it’s possible that even if you take all the recommended steps to prevent it, you or someone you love may still get sick. If that happens, here are five important steps you can take to take care of yourself, and to keep from spreading the flu virus to others:

  1. Stay at home and rest for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without use of fever-reducing medications.
  2. Avoid close contact with well people in your house so you won’t make them sick.
  3. Drink plenty of water and clear liquids to prevent dehydration.
  4. Ask your medical provider if you should treat your fever and cough with medicines you can buy at the store.
  5. If you get very sick or are at high risk for flu complications, call your doctor.

If you think you have the flu, you may be eligible to participate in the Seattle Flu Study: a city-wide effort to understand how the flu spreads and to develop innovative ways to fight it. Participation only takes a few minutes, and you can do it from home. Join us today!

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Source: Washington State Department of Health. For more information on what to do if you think that you have the flu, read more here .

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