We all know there is a Flu Shot shortage – so what else can we do to prevent from getting it?
And if we do get it, how can we help to prevent it from spreading to others?
There are certain good health habits that can help prevent the spread of flu.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
· When you are sick, keep your distance from other to protect them from getting sick too.
· Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze — and dispose of the tissue afterward.
· If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
· Wash your hands after you cough or sneeze — with soap and warm water, or an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
· If you get the flu, stay home from work or school. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
· Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
· Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO REVIEW:
· Department of Health and Human Services — Press Release on the flu vaccine shortage: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20041005.html
· Center for Disease Control and Prevention — Influenza Site http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
· Center for Disease Control and Prevention — “Who Should Get Vaccinated?” http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/0405shortage.htm
· Some public vaccination clinics may also be posted at www.lungusa.org
· Center for Disease Control and Prevention — Patient Education Materials: 2004-05 Vaccine Shortage Flyers http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/flugallery/shortageflyers.htm (also attached)
Information Provided by:
Todd G. Dattoli, CPT
Peak Condition, LLC
908. 399. 0071