Mayor Williams Encourages Citizens to Get Flu Vaccinations
Posted on 01/10/2013 4:17 pm
Contact: Alexandra Coppadge
Mayor Dennis Williams strongly encourages citizens to receive flu vaccinations, as 41 states have recently reported widespread outbreaks of the flu virus
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year's flu season is expected to be one of the worst the country has experienced in a decade. The deaths of at least 18 children have been attributed to this season's flu virus thus far.
Mayor Williams suggests visiting your physician or local pharmacy to receive information about how prevent the flu.
Please review these easy flu prevention and/or treatment methods:
- Be sure to get you and your family vaccinated. Vaccinations are available to anyone 6 months of age or older from your family doctor or local pharmacy.
- Doctor prescribed antiviral drugs can be 70-90% effective at preventing the flu – for adults and children 1 year and older.
- Vigorously washing your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth – germs are spread that way.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Get plenty of sleep and exercise regularly.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- If you do experience flu-like symptoms, stay home until your symptoms subside.
- Remain home for 24 hours after your fever has subsided.