Don't be fooled - Influenza season is not quite over
The threat of Influenza is not over! MacDill has now had its first confirmed case of the flu.
The state of Florida is just now seeing sporadic cases of influenza regionally. The recent increase in travel due to the holidays may have had something to do with the rise in cases. After all, Florida is a great place for folks who live in colder climates to visit in the middle of winter.
If we see a further increase in influenza activity, then patients coming to the hospital for influenza-like illness will be asked to use hand-sanitizing solutions and put on a facemask to protect other patients from possibly being exposed to the flu.
There are good health habits that can help prevent the flu. The following activities may help prevent the spread of the flu this season:
If you get the flu, you will need to do the following:
It is recommended that you keep flu survival supplies in your home before you get the flu. You may want to make sure that you have bottled juice, applesauce, decongestants, nonaspirin pain and fever reliever in an ample supply to get you through about five to seven days of illness.
You should also note that some symptoms may linger for weeks after you are feeling better and can return to work. These symptoms are fatigue, coughing, loss of appetite, etc.
Remember to wash your hands with warm soapy water frequently. If washing your hands is not practical, then be sure to use sanitizing solutions.
The criteria for getting influenza vaccination have now expanded to include individuals who are 50 years old and older.
A virus causes the flu or influenza, so antibiotics such as penicillin don't work to cure it. Do your part to keep yourself healthy!