According to the Minnesota Department of Health,the Flu (influenza) is now 'widespread' across the state -- with more than 270 hospitalizations reported in Minnesota so far this season.

Wabasso Schools in southwest Minnesota called off classes today and again Friday, with more than 20% of the student body sick with the flu.

What Are Common Symptoms of the Flu?

You may have influenza (flu) if you have some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Very tired
  • Sometimes diarrhea & vomiting (most common in young children or the elderly)

What Should I Do if I Get Sick?

Most people are sick with the flu for 3-5 days and get better on their own. People without high-risk conditions that aren't very sick usually don't need to seek medical help, but should:

  • Stay home. Avoid contact with other people as much as you can to keep from spreading your illness to others.
  • Rest and drink lots of fluids.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Wash your hands often – with soap and water, or a hand sanitizer.
  • If necessary, take medicine to reduce fever.
  • Watch for symptoms of more serious illness.

Call your health care provider if you or a family member has symptoms you are concerned about, such as a very high fever.

As always, your doctor is always the go-to whenever you are concerned about your health.

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