Information About the Flu

January 30, 2018

Hello Marshwood Community,

Like most of the country, Maine continues to experience high levels of Flu activity this week.

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year.  Good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

Please take a moment to read the Maine CDC Flu Symptom Checklist for Families and the comparison chart “IS IT A COLD OR THE FLU?”

Please note that flu vaccine is still readily available.  Please contact your Primary Care Physician, a walk-in care facility or a pharmacy for information.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE FLU AND GERMS:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to prevent infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.  (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue away after use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use an Alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated.

 

Judy Doran BSN RN

Marshwood Middle School

626 Dow Highway

Eliot, ME 03903

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