Influenza, also called the flu, is a serious and contagious respiratory illness that’s caused by the influenza virus. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, sometimes leading to pneumonia, bronchitis and ear infections. There are many things you can do to minimize flu transmission from one family member to the next. Here are our tips:
- Get Vaccinated. All residents 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated against influenza, pneumonia (if recommended) and pertussis (if recommended) unless there are known allergies to these vaccines.
- Stay home if you are sick. All residents experiencing fever and muscle aches should stay home from school, work, shopping or other social activities until they have no fever for 24 hours without the benefit of fever reducing medications.
- Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and warm water whenever possible; if not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean hands.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue. If you don’t have tissues available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
- Wear a mask if needed. Patients with cough or fever seeking treatment at a healthcare facility should ask for a mask to wear.
For more information on the flu, visit parkview.com/flufacts.