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Subject: Flu Discharge Instructions, Adult
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Fever over 100.4°F (38°C)
Runny or stuffy nose
This is an image of a woman surrounded by the signs of dehydration. They include sunken eyes, cracked lips, dry skin and mouth, feeling faint or passing out, lack of energy, dark colored urine, or very little urine.
This is an image of a man coughing or sneezing into his elbow in order to prevent the spread of germs.
This series of images show the steps of an adult doing good hand washing. They include wetting the hands, lathering up with soap, scrubbing for 20 seconds, rinsing for 10 seconds, using a towel to dry the hands, and then turning off the faucet with the towel.
This series of images show the steps of an adult using a hand sanitizer. They include putting sanitizer on the hands and rubbing them together, including the backs of the hands, between the fingers, and nail beds until all the sanitizer is gone.
Ask your doctor what you need to do when you go home. Make sure you ask questions if you do not understand what the doctor says. This way you will know what you need to do.
Drink lots of fluids, such as water, broth, sports drinks, and tea. This will keep your fluid levels up.
You need to rest while you are getting better.
Get enough sleep. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol before bedtime.
Use a machine that makes steam like a vaporizer or humidifier. It may help open up a clogged nose so you can breathe easier.
Lower fever and pain:
Ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, and Nuprin)
Too much fluid loss. This is called dehydration.
Worsening of heart and lung problems
Keep your hands away from your nose, eyes, and mouth. The virus most often enters the body through these parts.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers also work to kill the virus.
Do not get too close (kissing, hugging) to people who are sick.
Do not share towels or hankies with anyone who is sick.
Do not share cups, food, drinks, or silverware with anyone who is sick.
Stay away from crowded places.
Get a flu shot each year.
If you are sick, stay at home. Stay in a separate room if possible. You may spread the flu from the day before you have signs and up to 7 days after you get sick. You may return to work after the fever is gone for 24 hours without the use of drugs to lower your fever.
Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze. You can also cough into your elbow. Throw away tissues in the trash and wash your hands after touching used tissues.
Keep your house clean by wiping down counters, sinks, faucets, doorknobs, telephones, remotes, and light switches with a cleaner with bleach. Wash dishes in the dishwasher or with hot soapy water. The flu virus can live on solid surfaces for 24 hours.
Fever or cough returns or gets worse
Chest pain with deep breathing
Confusion or sudden dizziness
Very bad throwing up or throwing up that does not stop
Passing less urine
You are not feeling better in 2 to 3 days or you are feeling worse
I can tell you about my condition.
I can tell you what I can do to help keep my fluid levels up.
I can tell you what I will do to keep others from getting sick.
I can tell you what I will do if I have chest pain with deep breathing, trouble breathing, passing less urine, or very bad throwing up.