MemorialCare Health System Your Health: Fight the Flu
Influenza, more widely know as “the flu,” is a common illness in the U.S. occurring during the winter months and early spring. While many viruses can cause “the flu,” influenza can make people very sick and can cause many people to be ill at the same time. Most recover from influenza in a few days. Some people– including seniors, young children and those who have heart or lung disease– might get sicker from influenza and need to see a doctor for medical care.
What is influenza?
How can you prevent influenza?
There is also medicine available to help prevent influenza, or to reduce its severity in those already sick. This medicine must be ordered by a doctor and is usually reserved for people who could get seriously ill from influenza.
You can lower your risk of getting influenza and other viruses by washing your hands with soap and water. These viruses can get on your hands, and you can become infected when you touch your eyes, nose or mouth. You should always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. This keeps the virus from getting into the air and making other people sick. If you are sick, you should stay home from work or school to keep from making other people sick.
General Flu Prevention Tips:
Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available. Rub hands together to make lather and scrub all surfaces. Continue rubbing hands for 30 seconds. Rinse hands well under running water. Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use a dry paper towel to turn off the faucet
When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
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