Influenza

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine(including pregnant ladies) as the vaccine is now available. The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus.

The flu is spread from person to person by sneezing, coughing and inhaling droplets or by touching contaminated hands or surfaces.

Seasonal Influenza vaccine available at IMC.

 

Is there anyone who should not get the flu shot?

- Yes. The following people should talk to their doctor before getting the flu shot:

People who have had an allergic reaction to a flu shot in the past

People with an allergy to eggs

People who previously developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a reversible reaction that causes partial or complete loss of movement of muscles, weakness or a tingling sensation in the body) within 6 weeks of getting a flu shot

Children younger than 6 months of age

People who have a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait until they feel better before receiving the flu shot

 

Prevent the flu and it’s spread:

Wash hands regularly, with soap

Stay 1 arms length away from persons with the flu

Cover your cough or sneeze

If you are sick with the flu:

  • Stay at home when you are ill- limit contact with others
  • Do not shake hands or hug others
  • Do not spit in public
  • Rest, take plenty of fluids
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Seek medical advice

 

What to do if you get the flu:

  • Call IMC if you get flu and have underlying medical illness, have fever for more than 3 days, fever is extremely high (>103 F or>39.4 C), are in a high risk group, become dehydrated, develop rapid or difficulty breathing. For parents with a young child who is ill, call if a child has fast or labored breathing, continuing fever or convulsions (seizures).
  • Supportive care at home - resting, drinking plenty of fluids and using a pain reliever (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) for aches - is adequate for recovery in most cases. (Children should avoid aspirin.)

 

Helpful Web Sites:

Centers for Disease Control (U.S.): http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

World Health Organization general information: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html

American Academy of Family Physicians (Flu prevention): http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/vaccines/477.html

 

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