Most people with the flu will experience symptoms such as fever, cough, congestion and body aches, and will recover on their own after about a week. However, infants, the elderly and people with certain medical conditions are at highest risk of severe complications from the flu. If you suspect you or someone in your family has the flu, call your health care provider for advice.
It’s important for people who are sick to stay home and avoid contact with others until their symptoms have resolved to help prevent further spread of the illness. This includes staying away from work, school and other public places while ill.
The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu vaccine this flu season to get one as soon as possible. For the third consecutive year, Tennessee county health departments are holding special “Fight Flu TN” flu vaccine events in every county Thursday, November 19 to increase the number of people vaccinated across Tennessee.
No appointments are needed to receive a flu vaccine during these events.