Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department

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What To Do If You Get The Flu

  • Stay home away from work, school or errands. This prevents spreading the illness to others 
  • Rest 
  • Drink plenty of liquids 
  • Avoid using alcohol and tobacco 
  • Take medication to relieve the symptoms of flu (pain relievers and fever reducers). Influenza is caused by a virus, so antibiotics (like penicillin) don't cure it. 

Caution! Do not give aspirin to a child or teenager who has the flu

Never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms - and particularly fever - without first speaking to your doctor. Giving aspirin to children and teenagers who have influenza can cause a rare but serious illness called Reye syndrome. Children or teenagers with the flu should get plenty of rest, drink lots of liquids, and take medicines that contain no aspirin to relieve symptoms.