We have seen a spike in flu cases in Minnesota over the past 2 months. I’ve also seen quite a few people with flu-like symptoms. How do you know when you have the flu and what should you do? Here’s information directly from the site FLU.gov
What are the symptoms of the flu?
Flu symptoms include:
- A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
- A cough and/or sore throat
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
When should I seek emergency medical attention?
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
If you think you may have the flu, stay home until your fever has been gone for more than 24 hours, and call your healthcare provider to get more information and to find out if you need to be seen in clinic.