Health Department Flu Tips

Health Department Flu Tips
Posted on 03/01/2019
Health Department Flu Tips

February 25, 2019

This is the season for respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses including: colds, influenza, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, stomachaches and diarrhea.    

Tips for Respiratory Etiquette

  • Wash hands frequently; may use hand sanitizer gels if soap & water is not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Unwashed hands carry lots of germs!
  • Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and throw away promptly.
  • When a  tissue is not available, turn head and cough or sneeze into shoulder or elbow.
  • Clean shared surfaces (door knobs, telephones, etc.) frequently.

Tips to prevent spread of GI Illness

Gastrointestinal illness can be highly contagious, especially in close environments such as daycare centers and schools.

It can be easily passed person to person by contact by contaminated surfaces, objects or through food prepared by someone who was recently was ill with gastrointestinal illness and did not wash their hands well.

Good handwashing is key to prevention of the spread of germs.

  • after using the bathroom
  • before eating or preparing foods
  • or touching animals

Report Necessary Diseases and Outbreaks to Health Department

If you have any questions, concerns, or need additional information please do not hesitate to call the Summit County Public Health Communicable Disease Unit at 330-375-2662 and ask to speak to a nurse.

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