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Name: LoriAnn Gibson
Name: Denise Connors
Phone: 732 657-4523
Fax 732 408-0291
The flu season this year is particularly severe, causing an increase in hospitalizations and cases of pneumonia. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have reported seasonal influenza to be wide spread across all of the United States.
Influenza is a respiratory illness causing fever (temp > 100.0°F), cough and/or sore throat. Other signs are headache, body ache, congestion and malaise. Influenza viruses are spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes near (within 3 feet) another person.
Although getting a flu vaccine is not a guarantee that you won’t get the flu, vaccinated persons have less severe symptoms than unvaccinated individuals. Therefore if you did not get a flu vaccine it is still a good idea to get one. Check local pharmacies for availability. The flu season can last until May. Please refer to the Ocean County Health Dept. link for further information and flu shot clinic dates.
Methods to prevent the spread of influenza:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and dispose the tissue into the trash after use.
- Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean, disinfect surfaces and objects contaminated with germs.
If you become ill with influenza stay home until you are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications!
Anti-viral medications are available by prescription. These medications should be given within 48 hours of onset of symptoms to lessen severity, shorten the course of disease and help prevent complications such as pneumonia.