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                                                                                  Seasonal Influenza (FLU)






FLU Vaccine for the 2012-2013 Influenza Season has begun shipping from manufacturers.  Shipments will continue
throughout the Fall.  Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly vaccine.  Right now, there is very little
seasonal flu activity.  Flu season usually begins in October and can last through May.  Get Vaccinated before FLU
Season starts.

1CDC recommends a yearly FLU Vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against Flu
Viruses


2Take everyday Preventive Actions to Stop the Spread of GERMS!
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – Throw the tissue in the trash after         
    you use it!-
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand
    rub/gel.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your
    fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.  (your fever should be gone without the use
    of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.


3Take FLU Antiviral Drugs if your Doctor prescribes them.
  • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics.  They are prescription medicines (pills or liquid) and are not
    available over the counter.
  • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick.  They may also prevent serious flu
    complications.  
  • Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and
    fatigue.  Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea.  People may be infected with the flu, and have
    respiratory symptoms without a fever.
  • For additional information, please contact Nurse Margaret at 666-2147, ext:  394.

Ref: CDC