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The flu is here!

February 17, 2012

Flu virus is spread mainly from person to person through the coughing sneezing, or talking of someone with the flu. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with the flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose.
The Flu can infect people beginning 1 day before symptoms appear and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.
Signs and Symptoms:
Sudden high fever and chills
Headache
Sore Throat and cough
Muscle/body aches
Feeling extremely tired
Vomiting/Diarrhea

The Center’s of Disease Control recommends a three step approach to fighting influenza.
1. Vaccination:
It is not too late to get the Flu Vaccine, especially for the elderly, very young, people with certain chronic health conditions, and pregnant women.
2. Preventative Actions:
Hand washing often with soap and water or use of an alcohol hand rub.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
If you or your child does get sick with a respiratory illness, limit contact with others as much as possible.
Stay home or keep your child home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to see your physician.
Frequently clean objects in your home or surrounds including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones.
If you begin to feel sick at work or at school, please go home as soon as possible.
3. Use of Antiviral Medications:
See or call your physician early in the illness and the physician may prescribe medications to help make the illness milder or shorten the time of the symptoms.

These actions can preventive and slow the spread of the Influenza virus.

Ref.: CDC.gov –CDC says “Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu”
www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm
cdc.gov – Everyday Preventative Actions That Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu

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