Flu prevention tips

January 22, 2014 

Flu prevention tips

There are a number of ways for people to reduce the chances of catching the flu. Medical workers recommend flu shots to anyone over 6 months old. Shots are available through local health departments, physicians’ offices and many pharmacies across the midstate. You should also:

• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based sanitizers.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Use a sleeve if a tissue isn’t available.

• Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Limit contact with people who might be sick.

• Stay home from work, school or public gatherings if you’re sick.

• Isolate a sick person in the household and protect others with the proper disinfectants.

Possible flu symptoms include:

• High fever (greater than 105 in adults and children, 103 in children ages 3-24 months, and 100.4 in babies under 3 months.)

• Shaking chills.

• Coughing that produces thick, dark-colored or bloody mucus.

• Dehydration.

• Extreme ear pain

• Worsening of a pre-existing medical condition, such as diabetes, lung or heart disease.

Source: North Georgia Central Health District

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