Symptoms of Seasonal Flu
Most people who get the flu will recover in a few days to less than 2 weeks. Common flu symptoms include:
- fever (usually high)
- extreme tiredness
- dry cough
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle aches
- stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea also can occur but are more common in children than adults
The Spread of Seasonal Flu
- The flu is primarily spread from person to person through sneezing and coughing.
- It is possible for people to catch the flu by touching objects (telephones, eating utensils, doorknobs, etc…) contaminated with flu viruses and then touching their nose or mouth.
- It is possible to spread the flu to others up to one day before developing symptoms and up to five days after becoming sick.
Preventing Seasonal Flu
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Other ways to prevent catching and spreading the flu include:
- Clean your hands often with soap and warm water or alcohol-based hand cleaners. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough then put used tissue in the waste basket. If a tissue is not available, then sneeze or cough into the inside of your elbow, not your hand.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and keep your distance or stay home if you are sick.
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Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Flu.gov; World Health Organization