What is seasonal influenza (flu)?
Published on Feb 20, 2018 at 10:20a.m.
In light of the recently increasing numbers of Influenza cases in the US, I would like to share with you some facts, precautions associated with this disease and also, where to FIND A FLU SHOT in your area.
New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) recommends the following steps which prevent the transmission of infections such as Influenza:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues and dispose of them properly.
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands or into the air.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash hands frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with ill people and if you are ill (especially with a fever), stay home from work or school, and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected!
Symptoms of this infection can include: fever, respiratory symptoms (cough/runny nose), sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If you become sick, contact your health care provider by phone. He or she will determine if testing or treatment is advised. For more information about this most recent outbreak, visit links below:
TO FIND A FLU SHOT NEAR YOU
**Due to the heavy flu season, vaccine providers have experienced vaccine shortages in some locations. Please remember to call and check with a vaccine provider location to ensure that the vaccine you need is available: https://vaccinefinder.org/
Child Health Clinic (children who are uninsured): https://www.teanecknj.gov/home-news/child-health-clinic-schedule-for-2018
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