Text version of Get Ready's flu flowchart infographic

Do you have the flu?

Are you experiencing fever or chills or cough or fatigue or headaches or sore throat or runny or stuffy nose or muscle or body aches

No: You probably don’t have the flu! The flu shot protects against the most common flu strains, so you probably don’t have the flu. But there’s a chance you may.

Yes: Did you get a flu shot this year?

Yes: Nice work! You probably don’t have the flu. The flu shot protects against the most common flu strains, so you probably don’t have the flu. But there’s a chance you may.

If your symptoms get worse, such as difficulty breathing or chest pains, see a doctor immediately.

No: You may have the flu. Flu is a virus that is spread through tiny droplets in the air and on surfaces.

Once you’re feeling better, get a flu shot! The annual flu shot is the most effective way to avoid getting the flu.

Stop the spread of germs: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
What to do if you have the flu: Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone and drink plenty of fluids.

Supplies to keep nearby:
• Tissues
• Medications
• Water
• Wastebasket
• Thermometer
• Humidifier

If you’re a person in a high risk group — such as a young child, senior or pregnant person — or if you’re very worried, contact your doctor.

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