Safety Focus of the Week: Influenza (revisited)
Influenza (the Flu) afflicts many people starting around this time of year. Now is a good time to to get your flu shot since the flu season is yet to start and this year the vaccine is supposed to be very effective.
If you suspect you have the flu, it is imperative that you check with your health care provider and stay out of work to prevent infecting your co-workers.
- Influenza Vaccine. If you haven’t gotten one, do it.
- Wash your hands.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
- A cough and/or sore throat
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Headaches and/or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)
- You can treat flu symptoms with and without medication.
- Over-the-counter medications:
- May relieve symptoms
- But will not make you less contagious.
- Your health care provider may prescribe:
- Antiviral medications to make your illness milder and prevent serious complications.
- May prescribe antibiotics if your flu has progressed to a bacterial infection.
For more information, or if you suspect you have the flu, check with your health care provider.
More information is also available from: http://www.flu.gov/