Flu home treatment and self-care
What should you do if you catch the flu? Here's how to take care of yourself.
Rest at home
Stay home to rest and recover. You should stay home until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours.
Make yourself comfortable
Drink plenty of fluids
To avoid dehydration (a possible complication of the flu), drink plenty of fluids such as water, soups, and juice. You'll know you are drinking enough fluid when your urine is clear or pale yellow.
Eat healthy foods
To keep your strength up, eat healthy foods to satisfy your appetite. See Canada's Food Guide to learn more about healthy eating.
Practise good hygiene
True, you've already got the flu. But practising good hygiene can help protect others:
When should I wash my hands?
How do I wash my hands?
Know when to see your doctor
If you are at risk of flu complications and get the flu, see your doctor as soon as possible to find out if you need treatment. Find the flu clinic nearest to you and use the doctor discussion guide to help you prepare for your visit.
You should also get medical care immediately if you have these warning signs:
For children: Same as the adult warning signs, PLUS:
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