The virus already has begun to infect folks in our New Hampshire area and we are not fully protected by this year’s vaccine.
Each year we learn that scientists did not choose all the right ingredients to include in the vaccine and the influenza virus has already outwitted them this year with mutations.
So… how do we protect ourselves?
*Consider getting the flu vaccination, it still offers some protection. Your physician can advise you.
*If you get sick, don’t wait to see your doctor. Go and get antiviral drugs.
*Practice everyday preventative actions to avoid contacting germs.
How is the flu virus spread?
The flu virus is thought to be spread by fluid droplets when an infected person talks, sneezes or coughs, or when a sick person rubs their eye, nose, mouth and then touches something others will be touching.
Influenza is infectious a day before the symptoms become noticeable and an average of 5-7 days after the on slot.
Preventative Actions to Practice Every Day
1. Avoid Close Contact with others who are sick. Keep your distance.
2. If you are sick – STAY HOME! Grant others the respect you would like. Sometimes it is necessary to go about our routines and if this is the case for you, avoid close contact with others, and follow all the other actions closely.
3. Cover your nose and mouth with you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue. Wash your hands right after. Keep cleaning, disinfecting supplies handy. If you share office space, tools, equipment, etc. please be kind to others and clean up after yourself.
4. Washing and cleaning our hands frequently will help you and other from getting and spreading colds, virus and flu germs. Use soap and water or an alcohol based product.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Two reasons: Protect yourself from connecting with germs after touching something that is contaminated or from spreading germs after you’ve touched or rubbed your eyes, nose or mouth.
6. Clean and disinfect countertops, work or other surfaces that are commonly touched by all.
7. Take care of yourself with a good diet, plenty of sleep,exercise, lots of fluids, laughter.
Some of this information was based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a combination of reports found on the web, and my own approach.