Flu: Prevention and Care

 
Most people with influenza do not need medical care. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people. Learn more about influenza from Park Nicollet's Dr. Nila Suntharam as she discusses  symptoms, prevention and when you should call your doctor in this video

If, however, you have symptoms of influenza and are very sick, worried about your illness or are high-risk for complications, you and your family can receive advice and treatment in the following ways:


Signs and Symptoms of Influenza vs. Common Cold


 

Signs and Symptoms

 Influenza  Cold
 

Onset

 

Sudden

 

Gradual

 

Fever

 

Temperature of 100°F and above, lasting 3-4 days

 

None or less than a temperature of 100°F

 

Cough

 

Dry, sometimes severe

 

Hacking

 

Headache

 

Prominent

 

Rare

 

Muscle pain

 

Usual, often severe

 

Uncommon or mild

 

Tiredness & weakness

 

Lasting 2 to 3 weeks

 

Very mild and brief

 

Extreme exhaustion

 

Early and prominent

 

Never

 

Chest discomfort

 

Common

 

Uncommon or mild

 

Stuffy nose

 

Sometimes

 

Common

 

Sneezing

 

Sometimes

 Common
 

Sore throat

 

Sometimes

 

Common