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Influenza Infection Prevention

01/16/13

The number of influenza cases throughout the country and in Iowa have been hitting record highs this year. CCMH’s goal is to ensure our community has the information needed to protect themselves and others during this flu season.

Influenza (the “flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness; and at times can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year (Centers for Disease Control). It is not too late to get a flu shot! Symptoms of influenza include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, and body and muscle aches.

Hand washing and proper cough etiquette are extremely important to stop the spread of germs that can make you and others sick. Hand washing is simple and clean hands help stop the spread of infection at home, school, daycare, and work.

WASH YOUR HANDS AND COVER YOUR COUGH:
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Put your tissue in the waste basket. Wash your hands!!
• If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze in your upper sleeve or elbow, NOT your hands. Wash your hands!!
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• When using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; apply the sanitizer to the palm of one hand, rub your hands together, rub the sanitizer all over the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

If we all do our part, we can help prevent the spread of germs that cause infection!