Watch for signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
Get a seasonal flu shot. Vaccination is the best way to keep from getting the seasonal flu.
All individuals with flu-like symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, without using fever-reducing medicines. Staying home when you are sick will reduce the number of people who may get infected, and will also help you to get better.
2011-2012 Flu Vaccine - What you need to know
The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that there is sufficient seasonal flu vaccine available to meet this year's demand. Seasonal flu vaccine is available from primary care providers and from some pharmacies.
For updates on availability of vaccine, please call the City of Peabody's flu information line at 978-538-5758.
We encourage all residents to take some steps to be prepared in the event that you need to stay home because you are sick or need to take care of a sick family member:
You can get more information about personal preparedness from: