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Staying Well During Flu Season

sneezingWith schools about to begin and the flu season right around the corner, it is important that both children and parents are prepared! The local Department of Health anticipates an increase number of flu cases as schools begin to open, especially for the H1N1 Swine Flu. The Swine Flu and the seasonal flu both present similar symptoms, so it is important that you take the necessary precautions!

Below are listed some measures provided by the Department of Health that will help reduce teh risk of the flu as well as colds and other illnesses that commonly occur at this time of year.

  • Keep your immune system strong by maintaing a healthy lifestyle through rest, diet, exercise and relaxation.
  • Stay home from school or work if you are sick until at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever (without the use of fever reducing medications).
  • Wash your hands often, partricularly after coughing or sneezing and before eating. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, or until you’ve sung the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes.
  • Avoid close contact (about 6 feet) with people who are ill.
  • Clean surfaces often that are frequently touched, like keyboards, computer mice, telephone pads, remotes and door knobs–with your usual cleaning agents.
  • Get vaccinated for the seasonal flu when it’s available from your healthcare provider. Note: The seasonal flu shot will NOT protect you from H1N1 Swine flu. A separate vaccine will be available later this fall.

For more detailed information and updates, visit or call the Leon County Health Department at 608-8125


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This entry was posted on August 21, 2009 by in Health & Safety.

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