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Good hygiene can provide flu prevention

By Karina Mosqueda/reporter

The flu season starts as early as October and peaks in January and February but can last as late as May.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can be mild or severe.

The most common symptoms include fever, aches, chills and exhaustion. Other symptoms that can occur are headaches, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, cough and stomach issues such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

“With the Ebola scare, the flu is here with you now,” said Susan Alvarado, NE Campus nurse. “Wash your hands and get the flu shot.”

Getting the flu shot is a top prevention method. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. The flu shot can prevent some people from getting sick or make their illness milder if they do get sick.

Everyone should practice good hand hygiene: washing hands often and being mindful of what’s being touched, including cellphones, keyboards and doorknobs. If soap and water isn’t available, one can use an alcohol-based hand rub.

“Hand-washing is key,” said Crystal Bryant, NW Campus nurse.

When coughing or sneezing, people should cover the nose and mouth. South Campus nurse Teresa Posey suggested using a tissue to cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing and throwing it away in the trash when finished.

“Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth,” she said.

Avoiding close contact with sick people or keeping distance from others when one is sick are other prevention methods.

Disinfecting surfaces, especially when someone is sick at home, work or school, helps cut down on germs.

And lastly, personal habits should not be forgotten. Everyone should practice healthy habits: get plenty of sleep, eat nutritious foods, drink plenty of fluids, manage stress and stay active.

For more information about the flu, check out www.cdc.gov.

 

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