Flu season is here − learn what to do if you get the flu

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, seasonal influenza activity has increased around the U.S.

The Arizona Department of Health Services, or ADHS, provides the following information on what do if you get the flu, when to see a doctor and when to seek immediate care.  

What should I do if I get sick?

  • Stay home and rest.
  • Drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids.
  • Use acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help with fever and body aches.
  • Wash your hands often to protect other people.
  • Avoid getting close to other people, especially when coughing or sneezing.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

When should someone with influenza see a doctor?

For serious problems, including:

  • When a high fever, more than 101 degrees, lasts more than 3-4 days.
  • When you are so sick that you or your family cannot take care of you at home.
  • Extreme dizziness.
  • An adult not able to take fluids for 24 hours.
  • An infant who is not taking fluids and is starting to get dehydrated (not wetting diapers).

Not everyone with influenza needs to see a doctor. Most people get better just with rest and fluids.

When should someone go to an emergency department?

  • Having trouble breathing
  • Being confused or incoherent
  • Having a seizure

BeWellNow 

If you are suffering from the flu or a cold this season, sign up for BeWellNow, our virtual urgent care service. BeWellNow lets you talk with a board-certified physician by video via mobile device or computer from the comfort of your own home or on-the-go. It's easy to use, free to enroll and the cost is just $49 per visit! Search the App store or Google Play for “NAH BeWellNow” to download the app or go to NAHBeWellNow.com to sign up online.

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