Flu season is still going strong in the United States, with the virus mostly attacking younger people this year. Nearly 30 children have passed away from the flu so far according to the CDC, but it’s never too late to protect yourself and your family from the flu.
How to protect yourself
- If you haven’t done so already, get your flu shot. It takes two weeks for you to be fully protected by the vaccine, so the sooner you and your family receive the shot, the better.
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Use hot water and soap, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds all over your hands, including your fingernails and cuticles.
- Stay healthy in other ways by exercising, eating well and getting plenty of sleep. All these things keep your immune system strong.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to help prevent germs from entering your body.
- Disinfect any surfaces or objects that have come in contact with someone who is sick.
How to protect others
- If you have symptoms, stay home and don’t risk giving anyone else the infection. Stay home until you’ve gone 24 hours without a fever and not taking fever reducing medications.
- Cough and sneeze into your sleeve, not into your hands, to better prevent the germs from becoming airborne. You can also use a tissue, but be sure to throw it away immediately.
In an effort to protect our patients, Bon Secours Hampton Roads is asking that visitors wear masks in our facilities. Wearing a mask is voluntary, but strongly recommended to protect the health of our patients, employees, volunteers and visitors.