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The flu season hasn't yet peaked - precautions still urgent

During the next two months of flu season, complete protection will be difficult, but following some essential every day health rules, starting with washing hands often, and knowing how germs are spread, added to taking an annual flu shot, can improve the odds.
Click on headline for brief with prevention tips, links (Which work 03 Feb 2018 may or may not work), more

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Information gleaned online, and evidence in the region emphasizes the danger of the current flu epidemic. National Public Radio aired this story on Friday, February 2, 2018, PUBLIC HEALTH CDC: Flu Season Getting Even Worse, Especially For Children (Link works 03 Feb 2018) by Richard Harris - a reminder that flu season may be peaking, but is far from over, and points out the heart rending facts facing parents in this current influenza outbreak.


Prevention measures from the KY Cabinet for Health & Human Services
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services urges all residents to take basic precautions to avoid the spread of germs and viruses. In addition to covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, other good health habits that can help prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory viruses are: From Influenza - Flu
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 15-20 seconds or use alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often are spread when a person touches an object contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Get an annual flu shot to help you develop antibodies to protect against influenza infection.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from contracting your illness
  • Stay home from work, school and errands if possible when you are sick. This will help prevent others from catching your illness.
  • Remind children to practice healthy habits because germs spread easily at school and in child care settings, resulting in high rates of absenteeism among students and staff in our state's schools.

More at National Public Radio
There are many news sources about the influenza are available, but many are aimed at professionals, some are simplistic. NPR offers a reliable source of pretty comprehensive material for ordinary educated folks, with some interesting stories about advances in the science of prevention. An example is The Gesundheit Machine Will Be Ready by Selena-Simmons Duffin, posted February 2, 2018, at 3pmET, on NPR's All Things Considered..
Sources for information on the flu
- Influenza/Flu web pages dedicated to coverage of flu.

- Lake Cumberland Area Health Department website, not deep link to influenza coverage per se

- Cabinet for Health and Family Services, website - not deep link to influenza coverage per se

- CNN Health is generally an excellent source of reliable health news, currently carrying frequent health updates online and on the Tv.


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