During the upcoming cold & flu season it is important to know how to protect your children and yourself from getting sick. Here are some key reminders in preventing illness:
- Wash your hands (before eating, after using restroom, after playing with animals or playing outside, after being around ill people).
- When washing hands- use warm water, lots of soap, clean all surfaces and under nails, wash for at least 20 seconds, and dry with clean towel.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid sharing food and drinks.
- Cough/sneeze into tissue or your elbow.
- Keep immunizations up-to-date.
- Stay home when sick with symptoms of fever, cough, and aches.
- Contact health provider when symptoms of flu occur.
The flu is a very contagious illness that is spread through droplets in the air or on surfaces. Remember some bacteria and germs can live on surfaces for up to two hours. The flu can be mild to severe, and in some cases can lead to death. Some major symptoms of the flu are:
- Fever (usually high)
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Body aches
- Diarrhea and vomiting (more common in children)
The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot! You may receive your flu shot from your doctor, the heather department, or at a variety of flu shot clinics around town. The health department has several different locations, which can be found at www.tulsa-health.org.