Flu Prevention Tips
The peak of flu season is creeping up on people across the country and it seems to be hitting NOPS. The North Central District Health Department is reporting an increase in flu activity. We have gathered a few prevention tips to keep the flu out of your home.
The following are guidelines from the CDC:
- The CDC continues to recommend flu vaccination as the first line of defense against the flu.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you (or your child) stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue 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 rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- If you get sick with the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness
- Call your physician with any question or concerns.
As always, it is better to be proactive rather than reactive. Stay healthy!