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Here’s what the Newtown Health District wants you to know, not to scare you but to help you:
What it is. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. CDC reports that Flu Activity in CT and virtually all of the U.S. is deemed “widespread” which is the highest level of activity measurement. There are actions that residents can take to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Get vaccinated if you can. Regardless of reported effectiveness, any level of protection is better than none. Flu shot may not prevent the flu, but could lessen severity and duration.
Stop the Germs. Wash hands. Sick people should be avoided. If you are sick, stay home. If you are healthy avoid sick people. Wash hands. Cover nose and mouth with tissue when coughing a sneezing and then throw it out. Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands. Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth. Wash hands.
Take Antiviral drugs if your doc prescribes them. They work best if started within 2 days on illness onset. Call your doc to see what is best for you.
Stay healthy/get healthy: Do everything you can to improve your health. The healthier you are the more resistant your body is to disease. Adopting healthy behaviors such as getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, eating nutritious food and avoiding tobacco can prevent or reduce the damage done by many illnesses, including influenza. This is a good one to work on all of the time. It will help you with many potential health issues (high blood pressure, diabetes, overweight, depression, stress). Be good to yourself and take care of your body.