Published: Aug. 10, 2011
Updated: Aug. 10, 2011
This year, protect yourself from the flu.
The influenza (flu) virus can strike at any time of year. The flu typically causes fever, chills, headache, sore throat, and fatigue. If you develop these symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying home from work or school and avoiding contact with others until 24 hours after your fever subsides.
Before flu hits, keep your guard up with these preventive steps:
“Vaccination is a safe and effective way to prevent the flu,” says Daniel Sexton, MD, director of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network and epidemiologist at Durham Regional Hospital. “To opt out of vaccination is to ignore your health and the health of others.”