Latest Flu News (January 10, 2013)
As we begin the new semester, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shared with us information about the arrival of several influenza virus strains (A and B) to our area.
This information is to raise awareness of the flu in our area and promote everyday preventive actions that can help slow the spread of germs and may offer some protection against the flu.
Please review the information below found on the CDC website to see what you can do.
How does the flu spread?
Flu viruses are thought to spread mainly from person to person through the coughing, sneezing, or talking with someone with the flu. Flu viruses also may spread when people touch something with flu virus on it and then touch their mouth, eyes, or nose.
People infected with flu may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick.
What are everyday preventive actions?
Everyday preventive actions are steps that people can take to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory illness, like flu. These include the following personal and community actions:
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
- Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu . A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering. Flu also includes respiratory illness and body aches.
- Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). Don’t go to class or work.
- Stop the spread of germs by routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones, to help remove germs.
Please call Health Service at 618-650-2842 for medical questions, medical advice, or an appointment.