We have all seen the news…germs are everywhere especially when we are outside in the garden. The influenza (or more commonly known as Flu) season is here. The nasal spray vaccines are available. Let’s battle the flu season germs to make it through the season. As part of the battle, a Flu season shot is available at all Tarrant County Public Health Centers, almost all of the drug stores, and from your doctor in his office in most cases. Check for availability of the Flu season shot at your location in the country.
Doctor Sandra Parker, Tarrant County Public Health Center Director stated that getting a flu season shot is the best way to guard against flu season germs. Each year seasonal flu kills and estimated 36,000 people in the United States and hospitalizes more than 200,000. The flu season germs definitely have an impact on most everyone’s family in one way or another from the illness to the individual to the impact on the family and workplace.
Here’s some tips for waging and winning (hopefully) the flu season battle:
Things you’ll need:
- a seasonal flu shot
- tissues, packet or box
- a little patience
Tips for waging and winning the flu battle:
- Get a Flu season shot vaccination at a location of your choosing. Call your doctor. Call a Public Health Center closest to your home Check out the Tarrant County Public Health web site at http://health.tarrantcounty.com or call 817-571-6738 and ask where the closest Center of doctor that offers shots is to your home (if your don’t already have a doctor).
- Keep your hands clean. Wash often to protect you from of germs. Run the hot water, lather up well from tips of fingers to wrists. Sing the Happy Birthday to Me song twice to get a good overall scrubbing. Do this even if you don’t like to hear yourself sing!
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, or mouth. When you touch anything like a doorknob or lever, a handle, a desk item or a public water cooler or fountain, you run the risk of inheriting latent flu germs from another user. You have no way of knowing if the surface is contaminated with flu germs or something else.
- Avoid getting close to people, especially strangers. Keep your distance from others so you wont contaminate them too. They will understand if you politely express your concern. About 2-3 feet apart should be sufficient distance.
- When you get sick stay home. Take that sick day or tell your supervisor. He/she will appreciate it and likely work something out to avoid sickness spreading in the office. Don’t run errands. Stay at home away from school or work. If you can. If you are seriously ill call a doctor or visit an ER or clinic.
- Cover your cough and sneeze. Keep a packet of tissue with you nearby. Your sneeze exits at a force of almost 600 mile per hour! It can travel far and fast! Throw used tissues away, don’t leave them around to continue their potential deadly spread.
- If you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, turn your head away from people and cover your nose and mouth with the inside of your elbow facing the floor. This helps block the cough or sneeze from spreading too far, especially in the direction of those people around you.
Remember: Get that flue season shot! You and those you love and work with will appreciate it.
Be sure and watch the video above Flu alert: How to Handle Flu season