Flu season: When should you call in sick?

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PHOENIX -- Flu season is in full swing and germs are running rampant at schools and workplaces.

If you're feeling a bit under the weather, do you know when you need to call in sick?

Dr. Art Mollen gave Tess Rafols some basic guidelines and symptoms to look out for.

You might need to call in sick to work or school if you have a sore throat and runny nose, if you have a fever, if your symptoms would interfere with your job, or if you are coughing quite a bit.

Mollen says if you have the flu, you can be contagious a day before you start experiencing symptoms, which include fever, headache, extreme fatigue, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches and stomach issues.

One thing to keep in mind is that you can be contagious the entire time you have a fever. Mollen says you should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to work.

Mollen says it's essential to drink plenty of fluids and suggests an over-the-counter medication like Tylenol to help with the fever.

In order to curb the spread of germs as much as possible, Mollen said you should cough or sneeze into into a tissue and wash your hands frequently.

Mollen’s practice is located at 16100 N. 71st St. in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-656-0016 or log onto www.drartmollen.com.