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Avoid the Flu This Season

Washington state is being hit hard by the flu this winter season. Keep you and your family out of the Flu’s way by following the Center for Disease Control’s flu tips and tricks.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu–like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.*
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Studies have shown that human influenza viruses generally can survive on surfaces between 2 and 8 hours.

What kills influenza viruses?

Influenza viruses can be destroyed by heat (167-212°F [75-100°C]). In addition, several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics) and alcohols are effective against influenza viruses if used in proper concentrations for a sufficient length of time. For example, alcohol-based hand rubs can be used in the absence of soap and water for hand washing.

For more information, and advice, please go to the CDC’s website. All tips and tricks are from CDC.com.

Categories: IRG Highlights, IRG News & stuff, Wellness
Tagged In: Washington, cold, cold season, flu, flu prevention, flu season, flu sickness, flu vaccine, pacific northwest, sick
Posted on January 17, 2017

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Avoid the Flu This Season

Washington state is being hit hard by the flu this winter season. Keep you and your family out of the Flu’s way by following the Center for Disease Control’s flu tips and tricks.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu–like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.*
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Studies have shown that human influenza viruses generally can survive on surfaces between 2 and 8 hours.

What kills influenza viruses?

Influenza viruses can be destroyed by heat (167-212°F [75-100°C]). In addition, several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics) and alcohols are effective against influenza viruses if used in proper concentrations for a sufficient length of time. For example, alcohol-based hand rubs can be used in the absence of soap and water for hand washing.

For more information, and advice, please go to the CDC’s website. All tips and tricks are from CDC.com.

Categories: IRG Highlights, IRG News & stuff, Wellness
Tagged In: Washington, cold, cold season, flu, flu prevention, flu season, flu sickness, flu vaccine, pacific northwest, sick
Posted on January 17, 2017

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