The flu has struck Indiana.
Health officials are seeing an increase in flu-like illnesses across the state, the Allen County Department of Health said today.
The strain is believed to be Influenza A H3, which causes severe symptoms, and in some cases death in the elderly and very young, the health department said.
Flu symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. The symptoms resemble the onset of a cold, but come on more quickly and are more pronounced.
To prevent contracting the flu the department recommends:
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
– Stay home when you are sick;
– Cover your cough;
– Wash your hands;
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
– Practice good health habits by getting plenty of sleep, staying physically active, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious foods.