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Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing's DeWitt Family Medicine is treating patients with a nausea/vomiting type of flu this week.

All types of flu have similar symptoms, including: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, headache, body aches, chills, and fatigue. There may also be nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, mostly in kids.

Most flu cases clear up without specific treatment after about seven to 10 days. The first three are usually the worst.

Rest, drink lots of clear fluids, put a humidifier in your room to make breathing easier, and gargle salt water to soothe a sore throat. You can take over-the-counter medications to help relieve symptoms, too.

Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has subsided.

If you have flu symptoms and are at risk of complications, see your doctor right away. Those at risk include young kids, the elderly, people with chronic health problems, and anyone immune deficient or compromised.

Eckerson says the best prevention is getting a flu vaccine. It is not too late to get one this flu season.

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