Preventing The Flu-Information from Two Rivers Public Health Department

January 29, 2019

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To Whom it May Concern:

We are at the time of year when we see influenza (flu) and other respiratory viruses increase.  We want to let you know what steps we are taking to keep our community healthy and how you can help.

Respiratory infections, such as the flu and common colds (colds), are spread when people come in close contact with sick people and inhale airborne droplets, or come in contact with contaminated surfaces.  Flu and colds symptoms can sometimes be difficult to tell them apart, but consider this:

 

FLU

COMMON COLD

How it begins

Sudden

Gradual

Cough

Severe

Mild to moderate

Muscles

Achy

None to mild aches

Stuffy, runny nose

Sometimes

Common

Tiredness

Severe

Mild

Fever

None to high grade

None to low grade

Complications

Bronchitis/Pneumonia

Earache/Sinus infection

If symptoms persist or worsen, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to be evaluated.  The flu can be serious for all ages, causing them to miss activities, or even be hospitalized. 

We take health seriously and work very hard to keep these viruses from spreading.  We instruct everyone to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Take 3 approach to fight the flu:

1.  Get the flu vaccine every year (as long as influenza is in the community, it is not too late to get a flu shot)

2.  Take everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available,
  • Cover coughs with a disposable tissue or cough into their sleeve,
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth,
  • Avoid  close contact with sick individuals,
  • Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils, and
  • Stay home when sick.

3.  Take flu antiviral drugs if your healthcare provider prescribes them

You can help us maintain a healthy environment in a variety of ways:

  • Make sure your children receive all recommended immunizations, including an annual flu vaccine,
  • Reinforce all of the above preventive behaviors practiced
  • Make sure to get plenty of exercise, sleep, and healthy food, and
  • Stay home if you or a member of your household are sick, especially if they have a fever above 100o F, diarrhea, vomiting, or a severe cough.

A couple additional important points:

  • Notify your healthcare provider if you or a member of your household develops difficulty breathing or a new onset of wheezing, and
  • If you or a member of your household has asthma, please make sure to have a copy of their Asthma Action Plan on hand.

Important information about preventing the flu can be found at these websites:

  • http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/children.htm
  • www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org/school                 

If you have any questions, please contact Two Rivers Public Health Department.  Together we can get through influenza season!

Sincerely,

Jeremy Eschliman
Director
Two Rivers Public Health Department
jeschliman@trphd.org
1-888-669-7154

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