Randolph County Health Department
Early Estimates of Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness — United States, January 2015
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The Flu: What to Do If You Get Sick
How do I know if I have the flu?
You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:
*It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
What should I do if I get sick?
Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.
If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician’s assistant, etc.).
Certain people are at high risk of serious flu-related complications (including young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions). If you are in a high risk group and develop flu symptoms, it’s best for you to contact your doctor. Remind them about your high risk status for flu.
Health care providers will determine whether influenza testing and treatment are needed. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs that can treat the flu. These drugs work better for treatment the sooner they are started.
Do I need to go the emergency room if I am only a little sick?
No. The emergency room should be used for people who are very sick. You should not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill. If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness, you should go to the emergency room. If you get sick with flu symptoms and are at high risk of flu complications or you are concerned about your illness, call your health care provider for advice. If you go to the emergency room and you are not sick with the flu, you may catch it from people who do have it.
What are the emergency warning signs of flu sickness?
Are there medicines to treat the flu?
Yes. There are drugs your doctor may prescribe for treating the flu called "antivirals." These drugs can make you better faster and may also prevent serious complications.
How long should I stay home if I’m sick?
You should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®. You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events, and public gatherings.
What should I do while I’m sick?
Stay away from others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you must leave home, for example to get medical care, wear a facemask if you have one, or cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Wash your hands often to keep from spreading flu to others.
Bonnie’s Bug o’ the Month
Respiratory Illness Due to Enterovirus EV-D68 is just one of hundreds of viruses that may produce the same symptoms. More than 100 types of enteroviruses alone cause 10 to 15 million infections in the U.S. each year (CDC). EV-D68 is bad in that it seems to increase breathing problems in children with asthma. The virus usually causes symptoms like the common cold, runny nose and cough, and most people recover without treatment. There are no vaccines against EV-D68 and no specific treatments. Clinical care is supportive. Children who seem to be having trouble breathing, however, should be taken to a doctor immediately. As of September 11, the CDC had confirmed more than 80 cases of EV-D68 in six states: Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri. New York also announced on Sept. 12, that it had more than a dozen confirmed cases of the virus. WV has no confirmed cases thus far. EV-D68 was originally isolated in 1962 but reported rarely in the U.S. since then – until August. Only the most severe cases have been typed so the full spectrum of the disease is not yet known. Current patient ages range from 6 weeks to 16 years, the median of 4 and 5 years old and two thirds of cases have histories of asthma and wheezing. Routes of transmission are not fully understood but contact and droplet precautions are essential. People caring for EV-D68 patients - or any respiratory patient – should wash hands often with warm water and soap for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers or having direct contact; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick; disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including toys and doorknobs; stay home when ill and call care provider if illness progresses. Doesn’t this scare you enough make you want to
WASH YOUR HANDS?
PARENT FRIENDLY IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK ON LINK BELOW
Food Handlers Written test are given every Tuesday morning from 8:00am-9:00am. There is a $10.00 fee for the food handler's class. A study guide can be picked up at any time dailiy. A risk assessment form must be filled out before the food handlers test is given. This will determine if a TB skin test is required.
Food School will be: February 27, 2015 at the Health Department beginning at 8:00 am-no late entry will be permitted. Please come at least 15 minutes prior to the class beginning.
32 Randolph Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241
Hours: Monday: 8:00-4:30, Tuesday-Thursday: 7:30-4:30, Friday: 8:00-4:00
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