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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Flu Season Advice

Got a fever? CDC says stay home.

Editor's note (Nov. 17, 2009): Because of a national shortage of H1N1 vaccine, flu shots were not available by the dates listed in this article. Local information about the flu is available at ewashtenaw.org/flu.

The Centers for Disease Control urges individuals who experience fevers with flu-like symptoms, including Washtenaw Community College students, faculty and staff, to avoid spreading it to others during what could be a double whammy viral assault this cold and flu season.

CDC officials, who are bracing for another bout of seasonal influenza as well as the H1N1 flu virus, are urging people with a fever to stay home up to 24 hours after their temperature subsides to prevent the spread of these contagious illnesses.

Two inoculations will be required to avoid or lessen the effects of either flu virus this year, according to WCC Safety Compliance Manager Melanie Jorgensen. WCC will offer a shot for the seasonal flu free to employees on a limited basis starting Sept. 28 – Oct. 1. Students are encouraged to seek treatment from their health care provider or local clinic.

The Washtenaw County Public Health Department will work with WCC to administer H1N1 inoculations when they are available, which is expected to be around the end of October.

To help avoid catching the virus, wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing and sneezing. Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid contact with people who have cold or flu-like symptoms. Eat healthy to boost your immune system and get regular physical exercise and rest.

To treat flu symptoms, the CDC encourages plenty of rest, sufficient fluid intake to prevent dehydration (water, juice and tea) and non-aspirin medication for fever and body aches.

For the most updated information about the H1N1 virus and seasonal flu visit flu.gov or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

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