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Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

EMU Offers Flu Shots

It is not too late to get a flu shot for 2018.  Call Health Services 540- 432-4308 and make an appointment. While flu vaccine can vary in how well it works, a flu vaccine is the first and best way to prevent seasonal influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu has reached epidemic proportions in all US states except Hawaii.

Flu symptoms:

  • Fever 100-102F
  • Headache
  • general aches and pains-often severe
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • cough
  • SOMETIMES: sore throat, sneezing, and stuffy nose

What To Do to Prevent Flu

  • Get vaccinated. Vaccination is the first step to flu prevention. In general, all healthy people should get vaccinated. Recommended by the CDC. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • Wash your hands. Cold and flu viruses may be spread by indirect contact. Maybe someone sneezes onto their hand and then touches a doorknob, only to have the virus picked up by the next person who also touches it. Washing your hands is the best way to prevent getting sick.
  • Do the elbow cough. Since viruses cling to your bare hands, you can reduce the spread of viruses by perfecting the art of the elbow cough. When you cough, simply cover your face with your entire elbow. It’s also an easy technique to teach kids.
  • Disinfect common surfaces. Viruses that cause colds and flu can survive on common surfaces for up to 72 hours. Don’t forget to use disinfecting products on phone receivers, doorknobs, light switches, computer keyboards and remote controls.
  • Drink Water*. Water can help strengthen your immune system, keeping the flu at bay. And if you do get sick, water flushes your system, re-hydrates you and washes out the toxins. An adult should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day. If the color of your urine is close to clear, then you are getting enough. If it’s deep yellow, drink more water.

Call Health Services 540-432-4308 if you have questions.

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