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What To Do When You Get the Flu


Updated February 24, 2013

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What To Do When You Get the Flu - Step 1
What To Do When You Get the Flu

Wherever you are when you develop flu symptoms - Go Home.

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No one wants to get the flu, but the first thing everyone wants to know when they do get it is how soon it will go away. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that: it varies for everyone, but flu symptoms will generally last between 3 and 10 days.

If you do come down with the flu, there are several steps you should take to start feeling better and protect those around you from also catching it.

Go Home

If you develop flu symptoms while at work, school, a friend's house or in any public place, go home. You don't need to be around other people when you're sick, because you will only spread the virus. The best thing you can do is to go home and get in bed to try to get as much rest as possible.

Once you get home, go on to step 2: contacting your health care provider.

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