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January 11, 2013
Seasonal Influenza 
Awareness and Prevention Tips
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Influenza 2013

The CDC has identified a nationwide increase in flu activity this month. This outbreak is predicted to be one of the worst in a decade. We have gathered this information to provide awareness and remind you of prevention tips to help keep you and your employees and families healthy through the flu season. 


To see how the flu is impacting your local community you can visit: 

https://flunearyou.org/

 

You can also follow the CDC on Twitter for current flu updates: 

http://twitter.com/CDCFlu

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Good Health Habits

Practicing the following good health habits can also help you avoid getting sick.

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 of sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. 

Clean your hands. 
Washing your hands often will protect you from germs. 

Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands. 

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. 

Get Vaccinated

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

Who should get a flu shot?
  • Anyone age 50 or older
  • Women who will be in their second or third trimester of pregnancy during flu season
  • People of all ages with heart or lung disease (including asthma), diabetes, kidney disorders, anemia, or an immune deficiency caused by cancer treatment, steroids (prednisone), or human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
  • Children 6 to 23 months old
  • Anyone who comes in close contact with the people listed above
  • Anyone who wants to reduce the
    chance of catching the flu
  • Healthcare workers
To find out where you can get the flu shot near you visit this interactive map at: http://flushot.healthmap.org/



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