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What to do if you or a Family Member has the Flu
- Is It a Cold or the Flu?
- What to Do If You or a Family Member Has the Flu
- Getting Better
- What to Do If a Team Member Has the Flu
Symptoms of flu come on suddenly and typically start with a fever (temperature over 38oC/100.4oF) followed by other symptoms.
It is probably the flu if you or a family member has a fever (temperature over 38oC/100.4oF) and a cough as well as possibly one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Muscle aches
- Decreased appetite
- Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting (only sometimes)
If you have flu-like symptoms, rest at home. Call a doctor or your municipal or provincial health line if your symptoms worsen.
Groups at Higher Risk of Suffering Complications If They Catch the Flu Virus
Contact a doctor for medical advice if the infected person belongs to one of the following high-risk groups:
- People over 65
- Adults and children with chronic conditions such as diabetes or cancer.
Special Care for Children
- Monitor fever closely.
- Rapid rise in temperate to more than 39oC/102.2oF can cause a fever seizure, usually within the first day of the child becoming sick. Watch for sudden stiffness, jerky movements and vomiting. In case of a fever seizure, stay calm. Leave the child on the floor, move furniture and other objects away, stay close and monitor the child’s movements, and call for medical attention.
- Do not give Aspirin or other ASA-based pain treatments to children with fever as they have been linked to Reye’s Syndrome, a potentially fatal disease.
Be on the Alert for Complications From Flu
Call a health-care provider IMMEDIATELY for advice, if you or a family member has a fever and one of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing that persists or worsens
- Chest pains
- Purplish or bluish lips
- Difficulty waking up or moving, unusually quiet or unresponsive, strange thoughts or actions
- Wheezing, shortness of breath or painful breathing
- Coughing blood
- Severe neck stiffness
- Return of fever during apparent return to health
- New onset of diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
- Low urine production or other signs of dehydration
If you or a family member has a fever and one of the above symptoms, you may need to seek emergency help.