The good news is, reports indicate a slight decline in the number of flu outpatient visits over the past few weeks. The bad news: flu is still spreading to millions of Americans.
It's not too late to get vaccinated.
"If you haven't received a flu shot, there is still time to protect yourself," said Jan Jowitt, RN, DHA, Director of Nursing Services and Infection Control Officer for UNT Health. "It does take a couple weeks for the antibodies to develop that protect against influenza, so get your flu shot as soon as possible."
Good hand-washing also helps prevent the spread of the flu virus and other communicable diseases. Eighty percent of all infectious diseases are transmitted by touch.
The Centers for Disease Control advises, "the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands." Judicious hand washing can help prevent not only common diseases like colds, but also more serious diseases like hepatitis A, meningitis and infectious diarrhea.
Wash your hands:
Did you know:
By frequently washing your hands, you wash away germs that you have picked up from other people, surfaces, or from animals and animal waste. The simple act of consistently performing this basic task properly will make a big difference in your own household as well as in work, school and public settings. These statistics help illustrate why this is important.
For the latest flu information, visit the CDC website: www.cdc.gov.
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