Covering most health services that most Tennesseans need. 4th Quarter 2012

 

 
 
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Quick Tips to Prevent the Spread of the Flu!

The flu is a contagious illness caused by influenza (flu) viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and even death. Some people are at higher risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent getting the flu is to get a flu shot every year.

Simple everyday actions can also help prevent the spread of the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cover the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the inside of the elbow. Think of germs spreading like wet paint on the hands. Be careful not to touch the eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash hands often with warm, soapy water.
  • Take care of the body. Get enough sleep and exercise, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat healthy foods.

Everyone can take precautions against flu. Encourage others to call their health care provider to schedule a flu vaccine.

Sources:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - www.flu.gov/news/blogs/blog20100222.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.cdc.gov/flu

 

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