Influenza virus is contagious and is spread from human to human through coughing, sneezing, and sometimes by touching something with the flu viruses on it and then touching mouth or nose.
- Tamiflu, an antiviral medication, is effective in treating the symptoms. It will not prevent or cure the flu.
- Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.
- Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Studies have shown that people may be contagious from one day before they develop symptoms to up to 7 days after they get sick.
- The county’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regularly monitors hospitals, pharmacies, and other agencies for trends.
- According to CDC guidelines, persons with flu-like symptoms should stay home until at least 24 hours after you are fever free (without the use of fever-reducing medications).
This information along with a comprehensive list of other topics can be found at employees.nmc.edu/depts/emergency-mngt-plan/emergencies.