Health and Safety

Flu Season Precautions

1.  The Centers for Disease Control recommend a yearly flu vaccine; everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine.

2.  People at high risk for serious flu-related complications include young children, pregnant women, those who are diagnosed with asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease, and people 65 years and older.

3.  Health care providers and those who care for high risk individuals should be vaccinated.

4.  Avoid contact with eyes, nose, and mouth.

5.  Try to avoid contact with those who are diagnosed with the flu.

6.  Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, nasal and chest congestion, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.

7.  At the first sign of flu symptoms, inquire about the availability of prescription antiviral medication which can minimize flu symptoms and may also prevent serious flu complications.

8.  Drink plenty of water, juice, or beverages that replace electrolytes.

9.  When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a tissue; and dispose of tissues promptly.

10.  Stay at home until no more medication is needed for fever reduction (at least 24 hours after the fever is gone).

11.  During illness, limit exposure to other people; the flu is highly contagious.

12.  If a fever persists, breathing is difficult, or unusual pain in the chest or abdomen are symptoms, seek medical care or call 911 for a medical emergency.