H1N1 and Flu Season

Flu Season is Starting

Now’s the Time to Prepare for Seasonal and Novel H1N1 Flu

A Message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about general guidelines and health information for our residents:

Take Time to Get Vaccinated

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times, can lead to death. In the United States, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 people die every year from seasonal flu-related complications. The CDC recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as a first and most important step to help protect you and your family against seasonal flu and take everyday preventive actions and practice good health. The months October through December are generally the best time to get a flu shot. A seasonal flu vaccine will not protect individuals against novel H1N1 (also referred to as Swine Flu). A new vaccine is being produced for novel H1N1 and is available to those in the high risk group.  Call your physician for more information.

Have, Select and Secure a Primary Healthcare Provider

Identify a healthcare provider or medical office that will organize and oversee you and your family’s health care, whether sick or healthy. Having an identified physician or healthcare provider for you and your family members gives healthcare professionals a better understanding of one's family health history and this helps support continuous quality care. If you need a physician referral, call Danbury Hospital at 1-800-516-3658.

Take Everyday Preventive Actions and Practice Good Health Habits

  • 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, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and when you are sick, stay home from work, school, and errands
  • Eat nutritious food, stay active, and don't smoke
  • Manage stress. Balance, work, home, and play. Take time to relax and get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Make sure children get more, based on their age
  • Get regular check-ups. Ask your healthcare provider how you can lower your chances for health problems and maintain good health

Home Care Recommendations

In case you do get sick and must stay home, following these Home Care Recommendations:

  • 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 fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Keep away from others as much as possible to avoid making others sick
  • Drink clear fluids (such as water, broth, sports drinks, electrolyte beverages for infants) to keep from being hydrated
  • Dishes can be done in dishwasher or with hot soapy water
  • Throw away tissues and other disposable items used by the sick person in the trash. Wash your hands after touching used tissues and similar waste
  • Have everyone in the household wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective
  • Again, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way

Stay Informed

Follow public health advice regarding seasonal and H1N1 flu. To date, the majority of individuals affected with novel H1N1 Flu (formerly known as Swine Flu) continue to experience mild to moderate symptoms similar to regular seasonal flu, and most residents have recovered. We will continue to implement the guidance and information that is issued from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Connecticut State Department of Health in its efforts to lessen the impact on public health, and inform and educate the public to limit transmission of the influenza.

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