Winter flu

Winter flu usually starts very suddenly with vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The moves by itself after a few days. Make sure to be fully healthy in two days before going back to work or school. It is important that you drink a lot when you have winter vomiting disease. Contact your GP if you vomit a lot and do not get enough of liquids or if you urinate a lot less.

Winter flu is a gastrointestinal disease caused by a so-called calicivirus. The disease is very contagious. A single person can infect an entire workplace or a kindergarten.

The disease is the most up to date between November and April, with a peak between January and March. That is why it is called winter flu.

The incubation period is 12 to 48 hours. Incubation period is the time from being infected to become ill.

Symptoms of winter flu

Winter flu may resemble other stomach diseases. What is different is the sudden onset. Winter flu usually starts very suddenly with vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. Those going in one to three days. It may also have fever, headache and muscle aches.

After having had the disease can have some short-term protection, a so-called privileges. But you can get sick several times.

Prevent winter flu

In order to avoid becoming infected, you should:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly, especially before meals and after using the toilet
  • use liquid soap and paper towels in places where many are gathered, such as schools, kindergartens, workplaces and other public places
  • avoid eating the buffets where many people come into contact with food
  • avoid upset stomach to visit people.

Winter flu spread:

  • through direct or indirect contact with infected persons
  • through food handled by a person who is or is becoming ill
  • through drinking water or food washed in contaminated water, and then not cooked, such as frozen berries and vegetables. Calicivirus is destroyed at temperatures above 70 ° C, but not at freezing.
  • by some shellfish stored in water, as oysters.

A practical rule is applied in winter vomiting disease is that you should be completely symptom-free for at least two days before going back to work, school or other activities.

When you are winter vomiting disease

When you have winter flu should consider the following:

  • wash your hands often
  • do not cook for other
  • you get the small amounts of fluid at frequent intervals
  • be extra careful with your personal hygiene
  • not to be in places where you can infect others
  • stay home from preschool, school or work at least two days after you become completely symptom-free.

The importance of fluid

It is important to restore the body’s fluid balance by drinking a lot. The body takes up the liquid through the best that you drink in small portions at frequent intervals. If you have trouble, you can drink water teskedsvis.

When diarrhea subside, you can start eating normally again, but continue to drink frequently while the stools are loose.

If you throw a lot or have diarrhea a lot to lose both body fluids and salts. You can then drink fluid to replace water and salts that your body got rid of.

You can buy at pharmacies or rehydration mix yourself, click on the link fluid under Links. Give not own mixed rehydration for children under 12.

Find Care

The disease itself is not dangerous, but you should contact your GP if you do not get enough of liquids or if you urinate a lot less.

The address and telephone number of a kind reception you can find by clicking on Find Health Care at the top of the page. Now is also possible to contact some receptions and order a time via the Internet. Click on My care contacts.

Important!

Always call your GP before going there. Then prepare for your clinic visit and make sure you do not infect others.

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