Influenza is spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Some people become infected by touching something with the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. People are considered contagious one day before they develop symptoms and up to 7 days after they become ill.
A vaccine is currently available to protect from the flu virus. The vaccine this season does protect against the H1N1 virus. Take the following steps to protect your health:
Prepare ahead, have a thermometer, a supply of over-the-counter medicines, alcohol-based hand sanitizers and tissues available.
If you have the flu you may be sick for a week or longer. Unless necessary for medical care you should stay home and minimize contact with others for 7 days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom free for 24 hours.
If you have the symptoms described, call the Health Center (710-1010) to schedule an appointment for evaluation. At this time you can request to talk to a nurse if you have any questions. After clinic hours there is a 24 hour nurse answer line for information, you can access this by calling 710-1010.
If you have any of the following symptoms seek urgent medical attention: