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Protect Yourself: The Flu Is Widespread In CT, Wash Your Hands

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Dec 212017
 

 

According to the CDC, the Flu is widespread in the state of CT, and everyone, from children to the elderly should do what they can to protect themselves from getting the virus.

The best thing you can remember is to wash your hands! Remind children NOT to pick their noses and keep their hands away from their eyes, mouth and nose. This goes for adults, too. IF your nose is dry, carry some sort of saline spray to quickly make yourself more comfortable. Carry a package of tissues and some sort of soapless hand cleaner to use after you’ve touched some of the dirtiest objects that you come into contact with every — gas pump handles, atm machine buttons, cash from a store, toilet handles and other objects in public bathrooms.

Also, be aware that the flu is a virus not a bacteria.

The following information was taken from a blog by Communicable Disease Investigator Lisa A. Mack MS, MPH.

“Wash Your Hands! Fast forward to 2015 and we still advise Wash Your Hands. It’s simple. It’s basic. It’s minimal. Yet people still skip this step. We also advise if you are sick to please stay home. It is not productive if you come to work sick and get half the staff sick so they have to stay home. Don’t try to be a hero. Just use some common sense. Sneeze and cough into your sleeve. Use hand sanitizer after washing your hands or if there is no access to soap and water.”

“Despite your best efforts, you got the flu. What now? As soon as you feel symptoms take yourself over to the doctors and get some anti-virals, like Tamiflu. These are not antibiotics. You will need to start them within the first 48 hours of symptoms. While it is not a cure, it will help to lessen the severity and length of the illness. Vaccinate, Prevent, Mitigate.”

Flu Season: Take Preventive Measures

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Jan 292016
 

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 6.18.45 PMThere have been confirmed flu cases in the Amity community.

Below are some measures to help decrease your risk of getting the flu and other viral/bacterial illnesses:

  • Washing hands frequently and correctly with soap and warm water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Hand sanitizer should be used when soap and water are not immediately available.
  • Cover your mouth with the crook of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is used you should dispose of it and wash your hands.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth as germs often spread this way.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • If you get sick, limit contact with others to avoid infecting them.

Protect Yourself From Enterovirus D68

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Sep 192014
 

4950ab4451At the present time, there has been one confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 in the state of Connecticut.

In general, infants, children and teenagers are the most likely to be infected with the virus.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough and body and muscle aches. Only a small percent of those infected develop difficulty breathing, and usually have a history of asthma or wheezing.

There is no specific treatment for people with respiratory illness cause by EV-D68.

Mild symptoms can be managed with over-the-counter medications, rest and fluids.

People who develop breathing problems should seek medical attention.

You can help protect yourself from respiratory illnesses by following these steps:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.

  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.