For more information on local influenza clinics, find you county below or go to the New York State Department of Health website.Frequently Asked Questions
What to do if you are sick
Symptoms of flu usually come on suddenly and include fever and one or more of the following: cough, fatigue, sore throat, body aches, and occasionally - headache and vomiting.
Regardless of the type of flu you have (seasonal flu, etc.), it is important to take care of yourself....and other people.
Stay home and rest up
Keep your distance (at least 6 feet) from others. Do not go to work, social events public areas, until you have been "fever free "for at least 24 hours (typically a week or more). Fever should be absent without the use of fever-reducing medications. If you have been ill, you should continue to be cautious about infecting others.
Limit the spread of the flu virus by using good hygiene: hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies and respiratory etiquette (cover your cough and sneeze in disposable tissues.) If you have to go into public wear a surgical mask.
Monitor your temperature. Fever can dehydrate your body, so drink plenty of healthy fluids (water, broth, herbal tea, 100% fruit juices.) Try to eat small nutritious meals to support your immune system.
Treat symptoms with acetaminophen (Tylenol) for aches and pains; (NOT aspirin or medicines containing aspirin). You should continue to take your usual prescription medications - contact your health care provider for further information about your medicines and the flu. Treatment with antiviral medications is recommended only for those at high risk of severe complications and those seriously ill. Treatment with antibiotics is not effective since the flu is caused by a virus.
Seek medical care immediately if your symptoms worsen or complications develop, including:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness: or difficulty walking
- Confusion or change in level of consciousness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Severe sore throat accompanied by swollen glands
- Unidentified rash
- Fever of over 101 degrees lasting for more than a couple days without relief
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worsened cough
Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish or gray skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Severe or persistent vomiting
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Vaccines provide protection against contracting many diseases, including the flu. Public health officials recommend getting a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal influenza. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications including:
People with chronic health conditions like asthma diabetes, or heart and lung disease
People 65 years or older