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Home Care Guidance: Physician Directions to Patient/Parent

You will probably be sick for several days with fever and respiratory symptoms. 
Take Medications as Prescribed:

  • Take all of the antiviral medication as directed.
  • Continue to cover your cough and wash your hands often, even when taking antiviral medications, to prevent spreading influenza to others.
  • Call the office if you (or your child) experience any side effects; i.e. nausea, vomiting, rash, or unusual behavior.
  • Take medications for symptom relief as needed for fever and pain such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, Nuprin ®), and cough medicine.  These medicines do not need to be taken regularly if your symptoms improve. 
  • Do not give aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) or products that contain aspirin (e.g. bismuth subsalicylate – Pepto Bismol) to children or teenagers 18 years old or younger.
  • Children younger than 4 years of age should not be given over-the-counter cold medications without first speaking with a health care provider. 

Seek Emergency Care
If your child experiences any of the following:

  • 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

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Follow These Home Care Recommendations:

  • Stay home for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer
  • Drink clear fluids (such as water, broth, sports drinks, electrolyte beverages for infants) to keep from being dehydrated.
  • Dishes can be done in dishwasher or with hot soapy water.
  • Throw away tissues and other disposable items used by the sick person in the trash. Wash your hands after touching used tissues and similar waste.
  • Have everyone in the household wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
 

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