January 2015

What you need to know about the flu

Utica Park Clinic health care providers continue to advise patients to be vigilant during this time. Parents can help keep their families protected by recognizing the signs of the flu as early as possible. When the flu is diagnosed within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms, antiviral medications can help reduce the severity and duration of the flu. The flu is different from a cold. Be aware of these symptoms, which can come on quickly:

• Fever or feeling feverish/chills

• Cough

• Sore throat

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Muscle or body aches