Raleigh General Offers Tips for Flu Prevention
January 24, 2018
Raleigh General Hospital's staff is encouraging community members to stay healthy this flu season by preventing the spread of illness.
Nancy L. Edwards, Infection Preventionist at Raleigh General, encourages everyone to get vaccinated.
Vaccination is the best form of protection against the virus, a news release said. While it is still possible to contract the flu after receiving a vaccination, it is much less likely. Furthermore, studies have shown that flu vaccinations can make your illness milder, if you do get sick.
This year, the CDC recommends that all individuals get the flu shot, not the nasal spray vaccination.
Other important preventative measures you can take include:
• Washing your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol-based
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Avoiding sharing food, cups or eating utensils
• Disinfecting your home and belongings, such as door knobs, light switches, children’s toys and play areas
• Staying home from school or work if you are sick to prevent the spread of germs
• Covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, your sleeve or elbow, and NOT your bare hands
Raleigh General Hospital also is taking steps at the facility to prevent the flu from spreading by providing masks to all visitors and patients experiencing flu-like symptoms; setting up stations throughout the facility with alcohol-based hand sanitizers; encouraging all patients, staff and visitors to get their flu shot if they have not already done so; and providing educational materials to all visitors about everyday preventative actions.
If you or a loved one begins to notice symptoms including coughing, sore throat, fever or upper respiratory symptoms, Edwards recommends seeing your doctor right away. Early detection is especially important for young children, elderly populations, pregnant women and people with certain chronic health issues.
When detected early, prescription antiviral drugs can often help treat the illness and shorten the time you are sick by one or two days.
In addition, limit contact with others as much as possible immediately after noticing symptoms. Stay home (or keep your child home) for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone, except to seek medical care or for other necessities.
For additional information from Raleigh General staff, call 304-256-4100.
For additional information about influenza, visit cdc.org/flu or contact the Public Health Department.
By Wendy Holdren, The Register Herald
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