Influenza Now ‘Widespread’ in Minnesota
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the Flu (influenza) is now 'widespread' across the state -- with more than 200 hospitalizations reported in Minnesota so far this season.
Wabasso Schools in southwest Minnesota called off classes today and again Friday, with more than 20% of the student body sick with the flu.
What Are Common Symptoms of the Flu?
You may have influenza (flu) if you have some or all of these symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Very tired
- Sometimes diarrhea & vomiting (most common in young children or the elderly)
What Should I Do if I Get Sick?
Most people are sick with the flu for 3-5 days and get better on their own. People without high-risk conditions that aren't very sick usually don't need to seek medical help, but should:
- Stay home. Avoid contact with other people as much as you can to keep from spreading your illness to others.
- Rest and drink lots of fluids.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water, or a hand sanitizer.
- If necessary, take medicine to reduce fever.
- Watch for symptoms of more serious illness.
Call your health care provider if you or a family member has symptoms you are concerned about, such as a very high fever.
As always, your doctor is always the go-to whenever you are concerned about your health.