The flu vaccine is still available and with many weeks left until the end of the flu season in March, it’s not too late to get a vaccination.
The flu is more than just a bad cold. It is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses and can lead to hospitalization and even death.
Newbury Health Officer Wayne Whitford remidnds residents of simple ways to keep from getting and spreading the flu:
- Get a flu vaccine. Remember you need a flu vaccine EVERY year to stay protected against the most current flu strains.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds to reduce the risk of transmitting germs to others. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to keep germs away.
- If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
- Don't share personal items or utensils.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow - not your hands.
- Utilizing personal protective precautions, such as wearing face masks when someone has the flu can limit the spread of the germs.