Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Flu Basics

As many of you are aware, the Flu season is off to a very bad start.  During each Flu season, our Firefighters/EMT's/Paramedics end up responding to 911 calls for help as a result of the Flu.  

I thought it would be helpful to provide all of you with some information related to the Flu to learn more about it as well as, importantly, to help prevent the spread of it.  The below information comes directly from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web site and has a variety of useful information.  Please take a moment to review and act upon the recommendations.

Be safe and healthy!


Get Vaccinated

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will protect against 2009 H1N1, and two other influenza viruses (an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus).

Good Health Habits

Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.

Stop the Spread of Germs

Healthy habits can protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs at home, work, or school.
Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.
Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza.
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Anonymous said...

you say flu season gets off to a bad start, when does it ever get off to a good start. I can read the headline right now "Flu season gets off to a good start" kind of to not need that part about gets off to a bad start.

Anonymous said...

Chief, please require your EMT/Firefighters to get the flu vaccine next year!

billd said...

We do provide free flu shots to all of our personnel.

billd said...

Anonymous - Yes, very true! Flu is not good always bad! : ) A little slip there! : )