The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWsource | Free Classifieds |

Local News

Our network sites | Advanced

Monday, December 13, 2010 - Page updated at 05:45 p.m.


Symptoms of flu

• Sudden onset of illness

• Fever

• Chills

• Cough

• Headache

• Sore throat

• Stuffy nose

• Muscle aches

• Feeling of weakness and/or exhaustion

• Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain

Prevent the spread of flu

• Physically separate someone with the flu from other people as much as possible.

• Designate one person in the household as the main caregiver for the ill person.

• Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaner after each contact with a flu patient or with objects in the area where the patient is located.

• Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth without first washing your hands for 20 seconds. Wash hands before and after using the bathroom.

• Place tissues used by the ill patient in a bag and throw away with other household waste.

• Stay at home if you are sick.

• Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, using tissues or the crook of the elbow instead of the hands.

• Dispose of tissues in the nearest waste bin after use or carry a small plastic bag for used tissues.

• Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol-based cleaner after covering a cough or sneeze, wiping your nose, and handling contaminated objects.

• In cases of pandemic flu, only people who are essential for patient care or support should enter a home where someone is ill unless they have already had the illness.

Source: Public Health — Seattle & King County