During the 2019-2020 flu season, it is important that Pasadena residents
and our neighbors throughout the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding communities
take steps to guard against the flu.
Doc Talk: Stuart Miller, MD talks about the Flu
Click to read "What should you do if you get the flu?" Huntington Health Physicians' Dr. Miller shares the five most frequently
asked flu questions.
Do I need a flu shot?
Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent getting the flu and protect
those around you. Call your doctor or use this
helpful link to find a location close to you to get vaccinated.
If you need a primary care physician, visit our Huntington Health Physicians
Other precautions include washing your hands often with soap and water;
avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and avoiding contact with
If you become sick, stay home from work and school to avoid infecting others.
As long as you have symptoms, you’re considered contagious. You
should minimize contact with other people until your symptoms are completely
gone. Children may be contagious longer than adults. Check with your doctor
regarding your symptoms and whether you might benefit from any prescription
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone,
except to receive medical care or for other necessities. And always cover
your cough/sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of it and wash your hands.
Most cases of seasonal flu will get better on their own without treatment.
Those who are most vulnerable to complications from the flu include those
with underlying health issues, compromised immune systems, the elderly
and the very young. If you or someone in your family experience any of
the following warning signs, seek medical care right away:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness or confusion
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Persistent fever
In children, emergency warning signs include:
- Fast breathing or difficulty breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Fever with a rash
here for addtional preventative information and to learn the difference between
the symptoms of a cold and the flu.