Flu Protection 2013

Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

Flu activity continues to increase in the United States with high levels of activity in the South Central and Southeastern regions.  Other parts of the nation continue to see increases in flu cases.  It’s not too late to get vaccinated–the single most important step you can take to protect yourself and others against infection.

 

Strategies to stop the spread of germs to help protect you and others from getting sick with the flu bug:

  • Wash your hands. Frequent hand washing with soap and warm water is the first line of defense. Alcohol-based gels and wipes also work well.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from work, school, errands and worship services when ill. This reduces the spread of disease and preserves your energy to get well.
  • Cover your mouth and nose by using a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away as soon as it has been used.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as germs spread easily from your hands into the body through these passageways.
  • Don’t share utensils.
  • Reduce the spread of germs by using your dishwasher if you have one.

 

Other good habits will also help you stay healthy and boost your immune system in the winter and all year:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat a nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Drink plenty of water each day
  • Engage in regular physical activity
  • Manage your stress.

 

Remember ~ Influenza is a serious disease of the lungs that can make you sick for a week or more with coughing, fever and body aches.  Should you feel ill, seek medical care early, especially if you are in a high-risk group such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions.

 

For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control Website at www.cdc.gov/flu