What You Need to Know About the Flu

The flu vaccine reduces your chances of getting the flu

Just as sure as the sun sets in the west, you can count on the influenza (flu) virus to circulate every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. But you can reduce your risk. An annual flu vaccine for all people six months of age and older is the best way to reduce the chances you will get the flu and spread it to others.

How to get a flu shot at Henry Ford

You can get a flu vaccination at most Henry Ford medical facilities during flu season. Most participating Henry Ford locations offer adult and pediatric flu vaccine. Many locations offer walk-in flu shots, so you can get your vaccination without an appointment during normal clinic hours. Check with your nearest Henry Ford location to see if they offer walk-in.

If you get the flu

Most people with the flu do not need medical care. If you get sick with flu symptoms, you should:

  • Stay home and rest so you don’t spread the virus to others
  • Avoid close contact with people in your house
  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids to prevent dehydration
  • Treat fever and cough with over-the-counter medicines
  • Call or see your doctor if you get very sick, are pregnant or have a chronic condition such as lung or heart disease

When to get immediate attention

If you become ill and have any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children, warning signs include:

  • Fast breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Irritability so bad the child does not want to be held
  • Symptoms improving, then returning with fever and worse cough

In adults, warning signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Symptoms improving, then returning with fever and worse cough
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