Thursday, January 17, 2013
Flu Season: Stop the spread of germs and get vaccinated
With recent reports of Tulsa County’s increase in flu cases, physicians at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences are encouraging people to take simple steps to stop the spread of germs.
“During flu season, it’s important to practice preventative actions to stop the spread of germs,” said Susan Steele, D.O., family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at OSU-CHS. “Remember to wash your hands often and remind your family to do the same. These simple steps can help prevent you from getting sick.”
Other ways you can keep germs away:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
“Another important way to keep the flu away is to get the flu vaccination if you haven’t,” Steele said. “Early immunization is the most effective flu protection, but it is not too late get vaccinated.”
Flu vaccinations cause antibodies to develop in the body. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the country is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like illness (ILI). These current levels of ILI are nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe flu seasons in the past.
Flu vaccinations are available at three OSU Physician family medicine clinics, including Physician’s Office Building, 802 S. Jackson Ave., Suite 420, 918-584-5364; OSU Health Care Center, 2345 Southwest Blvd, 918-582-1980; and Eastgate Metroplex, 14002 E. 21st St., Suite 1130, 918-439-1500.