Flu season typically sees its highest activity from December to February and is likely to continue well into spring time. To stay healthy this flu season, Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is encouraging the community to reduce their risk of getting the flu by creating healthy habits and getting their flu shot.
Community members can reduce their risk of getting sick this flu season by practicing healthy habits. These habits include:
• Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing — cough or sneeze into your elbow
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
• Home – cellphones, kitchen sink, toilet, garbage can, refrigerator, bathroom doorknob
• Work – phone receiver, desktop, keyboard, elevator button, toilet seat
• Outdoor/public surfaces — handrails, shopping cart handles, picnic tables
• Stay home when you are sick — as long as you’re coughing and sneezing you could be spreading germs that cause the flu
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Hand washing is another very important habit that people can do to avoid getting sick. When washing your hands make sure to lather them with soap and clean water, and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing. To avoid spreading germs, wash your hands:
• Before, during and after preparing or eating food
• Before and after caring for someone who is sick
• After using the toilet, changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
• Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
The CDC recommends everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated to help protect them from the flu. While the flu vaccine is not perfect and some people who get vaccinated may still get the flu, it is still one of the best ways you can protect yourself from getting sick. There is even data to suggest that if you do get the flu, your symptoms may be milder if you have received a flu shot. To schedule an appointment for a flu shot call 419-668-1652 Ext. 241.
HCPH recommends that Huron County residents make healthy habits a part of their daily routines to avoid getting sick this flu season.
For more information visit www.huroncohealth.com.