Influenza (Flu)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a three-step approach to fighting the flu:

  1. Get Vaccinated
  2. Take everyday preventive actions
  3. Use antiviral drugs if physician prescribes them

It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older, without contraindications, receive a flu vaccine for protection against seasonal flu.  According to the CDC you can also take these everyday actions to stop the spread of germs:

 

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • If sick, with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Fevers should be gone for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

For more information about the influenza virus please visit the CDC’s Influenza page.

 


Zika Virus

Zika virus is a flavivirus typically transmitted by aedes mosquitoes that causes a usually mild illness marked chiefly by fever, joint pain, rash, and conjunctivitis and that has been associated with an increased incidence of microcephaly in infants born to pregnant women infected with the virus.

For more information about Zika, please see the CDC’s Zika Virus page.


West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is a flavivirus that causes an illness marked by fever, headache, muscle ache, skin rash, and sometimes encephalitis or meningitis and that is spread especially from birds to humans by mosquitoes.

For more information about West Nile Virus, please see the CDC’s West Nile Virus page.