Flu Update- Friday January 10, 2014

Flu CountryAs you are quite aware, we are now in the midst of a very busy flu season. This year, we are seeing a return of the N1H1 or “Swine Flu” variety of Influenza. So far, we have had 15 confirmed cases in our office since Christmas.  The more common symptoms that our patients are experiencing are high fever, head and body aches, sore throats, and a cough. A few of our patients have experienced some tummy aches and vomiting.

Here are some guidelines that can help to reduce the risk of your or your loved ones catching this years flu:

  • Do not share food, drinks, or personal items.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
  • Wash your hands after blowing your nose, sneezing, coughing, or using the restroom. Also encourage hand washing when returning from recess or gym, and before eating or preparing and food or drinks. Have your children was before putting away dishes as well.

Hand washing vigorously with soap and water is the most effective way to keep germs from entering our bodies.

The State of Oregon also has a website that provides statistics on the affects of this years flu virus and some graphs and maps to show how widespread it is. You can view the website by clicking here.

Stay safe and healthy.

 

Dr. Paul

 

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