Flu Prevention

Flu Prevention

There are some everyday preventive steps you can take to keep you and your family healthy and to avoid hospitalization this flu season.

Get a flu shot. Even though we are well into the peak season, it is not too late to get vaccinated. Although this year’s vaccine is not as effective as in previous years, it is still recommended that you receive the vaccine. The vaccine may prevent you from getting the flu or, at the very least, lessen the length and severity of your illness if you do become infected.

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • When sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or other necessities.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose, as germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects such as door handles or light switch plates, etc. that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

If you do develop flu symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches, and fatigue, contact your physician or seek medical attention. An antiviral medication, Oseltamivir (Tamiflu), can be quite effective in diminishing the severity and duration of flu symptoms, particularly if prescribed early after onset of symptoms. The elderly and young children are particularly susceptible to developing severe illness from the flu.

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