The flu (influenza) is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus. Children are most vulnerable to flu infections, but the elderly and people with lung disease or other chronic conditions have a higher risk of complications than others.
Typically, flu symptoms include chills and a fever over 103 degrees; muscle aches, weakness and fatigue; headache and eye pain; dry cough and a sore throat. For the quickest recovery from the flu, take these measures:
- Stay home and avoid passing the flu on to others
- Get as much rest as is possible
- Drink as many fluids as you can — water, juice, hot tea
- Have chicken soup or bouillon with crackers if your appetite is poor
- Take an aspirin substitute for aches and fever
- Avoid cold remedies designed to treat more than one symptom
If your fever lasts more than three to four days or remains higher than 102 degrees, call your doctor for advice.