If you’ve got it, don’t spread it.
That’s the message from Interior Health as the season of sniffles, sneezes, and other ailments seem to be lurking around every corner.
In most healthy people, influenza symptoms such as headache, fever, coughing and sneezing and sore throat can last five to seven days.
These symptoms are best treated at home by resting, drinking lots of fluids, and taking medicine to lower a fever.
Anyone suffering from influenza symptoms should minimize contact with others by staying home from work, school and holiday gatherings to reduce the risk of spreading infection to others.
It’s also important to remember general prevention measures such as frequent and proper hand washing, covering noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and properly disposing of tissues.
Influenza can be particularly severe for some older adults, people with chronic health conditions, and babies.
If your symptoms are getting worse or you are not recovering, call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for medical advice. This free service will connect you with a health-care professional who can provide advice.
If you wish a personal consultation, call your doctor or visit a walk-in clinic.
Try to avoid going to the emergency department unless symptoms become severe;
for example, go to hospital if you have problems breathing, pain in your chest or a high fever that does not get better after three to four days.