Sunday, February 8, 2015

Influenza influence

​Yes, it's that time of year again; festivities, food, fun, family, friends, and...flu. 
Influenza (a.k.a. flu) is a  contagious respiratory infection that's spread through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. An infected person can spread the infection 1 day before experiencing symptoms and up to 7 days after symptom onset. 

Flu clues
Symptoms of influenza include:

  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea (rare)
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting (rare).

Don't pass it on
If you experience symptoms of influenza, take measure to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Limit contact with others and remain at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw the tissue in the trash immediately after use.
    Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Don't touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects that may be contaminated with the virus.

A shot of protection
The best protection against influenza is  the vaccine. Vaccine effectiveness varies; however, if you do become ill, the vaccine may make your illness less severe. Reducing severity,  reduces the risk for serious complication that may lead to hospitalization and even death.

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