Flu Prevention

Unfortunately Michigan has seen record numbers of influenza this season.  AmeriStaff Nursing Services encourages everyone to stay strong and healthy this flu season, taking the necessary precautions to stay well.  Below you will find a list of universal precautions for the flu, as well as some recommended remedies. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue – NOT your hand – when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • Adopt a healthy, well-balanced diet and lifestyle to ensure a strong immune system
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

Proper Hand Washing

  • Hand washing should last at least 20 seconds and warm water should be used.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub or sanitizer.

 

Recognize the differences between a cold & influenza

Common Cold

  • Fever
  • Body Aches
  • Tiredness
  • Dry Cough
  • Headache
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose

Influenza

  • Fever and/or Body Chills
  • Muscle and Body Aches
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Dry Cough
  • Headache
  • Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
  • Does not Necessarily Present with a Runny or Stuffy Nose

 

If you do fall ill, recover Faster

  • Take Vitamin C supplements to boost your immune system
  • If needed take ibuprofen to help relieve mild pain and fever.
  • Try inhaling aromatic steam – take a hot shower or sit with a warm towel draped around your head.
  • Make a hot compress to relieve a headache.
    • You may microwave a washcloth for 30 seconds for a compress.
    • Use salt water to rinse your nose and throat – mix one quarter teaspoon of salt, one quarter teaspoon of baking soda and eight ounces of water – insert the saline water into your nose one nostril at a time and allow it to drain.
    • Drink lots of water – it is important to stay hydrated.
    • REST – let your body focus on getting better.

 

Sources: www.cdc.gov & www.symptomfind.com

** Please note: This is not a substitute for medical advice by your physician.