Published On: Wed, Dec 5th, 2012

Cherokee Community Health provides flu facts

Cherokee Community Health has provided the following information on the flu to help prevent and control its spread.

What is the Flu?

  • VERY CONTAGIOUS!
  • Respiratory illness that infects the nose, throat, and lungs

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny/ Stuffy Nose
  • Muscle/Body Aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue- Very Tired
  • Vomiting/ Diarrhea

Spread:

  • Spread by droplets (spit) made when people with flu cough, sneeze, talk.
  • By touching anything a person with the flu has touch
  • Can be infected beginning 1 day BEFORE symptoms even appear and up to 5 to 7 days AFTER becoming sick

Prevention:

  • Get your flu shot!
  • Wash your hands!
  • Use hand sanitizer!
  • Cover your cough!

Control the spread:

  • Wear a mask if coughing and going into public places!
  • Clean surfaces that could have been infected- (clorox wipes, lysol wipes/spray)
  • Stay out of public areas if you have signs or symptoms
  • Stay hydrated! Lots of fluids

Info: Cherokee Community Health 554-6882

– Cherokee Community Health 

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