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 isnt 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 youre 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.)
Coughing that produces thick, dark-colored or bloody mucus.
Extreme ear pain
Worsening of a pre-existing medical condition, such as diabetes, lung or heart disease.
Source: North Georgia Central Health District