DOH Health Advisory on Influenza
Influenza or flu is transmitted by droplets that enter the body through the nose or mouth. It can likewise pass from the hand to the nose or mouth by touching contaminated objects. It is characterized by cold-like symptoms plus body and headaches.
Symptoms of Influenza, which can come on suddenly, include the following:
- Fever and chills
- Cough, sore throat, and a runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches and pain
- Weakness and tiredness (sometimes severe)
- Irritated watering eyes
People with flu are advised to:
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink plenty of liquids
- Avoid using alcohol and tobacco and, if necessary, take medications such as acetaminophen (paracetamol) to relieve the fever and muscle aches associated with the flu.
Influenza can be prevented by getting an annual influenza vaccination.
If you develop flu symptoms you should follow basic hygiene practices to avoid spreading the disease to other people, including:
- Wash hands regularly and thoroughly or use an alcohol-based hand rub
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid sharing, eating or drinking utensils
- Stay away from work or school for as long as you have symptoms.
Source: DOH CHD-Bicol