Flu Advice

General Advice if You Think You Have the Flu

If you are sick with the flu, you may be ill for a week or longer.


  • Avoid travel.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the sleeve of your elbow.
  • Do not go to work or school until at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin), or antiviral medications.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and rest as much as possible.
  • Healthcare workers need to stay home for at least 7 days after symptom onset.
  • In general, avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness, especially those with one of the high-risk chronic conditions listed in the frequently asked questions.
  • Please stay home, except if you need medical care or other necessities, so you can get better and prevent others from getting ill.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap or use a hand sanitizer.