What To Do If You Get the Flu

Written by
NMS Flu Team
Published on
February 6, 2018 at 10:45:00 AM PST February 6, 2018 at 10:45:00 AM PSTth, February 6, 2018 at 10:45:00 AM PST

This year's flu season has been particularly difficult with a significantly larger population suffering from exposure. Influenza activity historically has begun in October and lasts until February. With the flu season in full swing, here are some tips on what to do if you contract the flu virus:

1. Take Antiviral Medication

Individuals who are extremely sick can take antivirual drugs such as Tamiflu. It is recommended for treatment in people 2 weeks of age and older who have flu symptoms for no more than 2 days. NMS is currently shipping Tamiflu.

2. Rest and Drink Plenty of Fluids

Being hydrated is one of the best remedies to combat the flu. Plenty of rest and letting the body fully combat the virus is essential to reduce the duration.

3. Avoid Contact with Others

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people infected with the flu virus stay home from public gatherings for at least a full day after receiving a fever. This helps to prevent infection to others. If you must venture outside, it is recommended to wear a facemask to cover coughs and sneezes.

4. Take Precautions Against Septic Shock by Monitoring Your Illness

A large number of flu-related deaths have included septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infection signals the body to attack itself rather than the invading virus by releasing chemicals into the blood. Signs of Sepsis include:

- Body temperature over 101 degrees

- Heart rate higher than 90 beats per minute

- Respiratory rate higher than 20 breaths per minute

- Decreased urine output

- Stomach Pain

Nationwide Medical/Surgical is still shipping this season's flu vaccine. The influenza antiviral, Tamiflu, is also in stock. Call a flu specialist today at 818-997-8848.