The flu or influenza infects the nose,throat and lungs. Common symptoms are fever, chills, body aches, sore-throat,cough, fatigue and headaches. Some diarrhea and vomiting could occur. The flu spreads when someone spreads it through coughing, sneezing. Social distancing of about six feet can help protect you.

Frequent hand washing with soap for about 15 seconds is recommended. Someone with the flu is already contagious for one day before symptoms appear and continues to be contagious for seven days after symptoms appear. Symptoms start about one to four days after exposure. Protection after receiving the flu vaccine starts after approximately two weeks. Pregnant women should be especially cautious.

Consult your physician about prevention and treatment especially regarding the problem of H1N1. Rest, water intake and good nutrition are very important.