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Staying Healthy

Treating the Flu

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Remember… the flu is a virus. That means antibiotics won't cure it. Antibiotics fight illnesses caused by bacteria. They don't work against illnesses usually caused by viruses like colds, the flu or most coughs and sore throats. If you get the flu:

  • Make sure to stay home and take good care of yourself
  • Eat well and drink fluids to stay hydrated
  • Popsicles are a good way to help children stay hydrated if they refuse all other liquids
  • You should also get plenty of rest
  • Over-the-counter medicines may be used to reduce fever, aches and pains

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