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How can I treat flu symptoms at home?

You can treat the flu at home with what's called supportive measures or care. This includes regular use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen, an over-the-counter decongestant, saline flushes and cough syrup, in addition to getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of liquids. The best way to help prevent getting flu symptoms is by not getting the flu, so get a flu shot every year.

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