Cases of flu still on the rise
THE MURFREESBORO POST
Influenza activity has become widespread across most of the United States, including Tennessee, with intense activity in some regions of the state and more flu cases overall than in recent years, according to state officials.
The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all residents who have not yet received a flu vaccine to get one now to help protect vulnerable people around them, their families and themselves from the flu virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that people who have had this year’s vaccine are about 60 percent less likely to have to visit a medical provider for treatment of influenza illness than unvaccinated people.
People at high risk for developing serious complications from the flu, such as young children, pregnant women, people older than 65 and those with chronic health conditions, should contact their health care providers to learn if antiviral medication or other treatment is recommended.
Antiviral treatment initiated as soon as possible is especially important for those in high-risk groups and for people who are very sick with influenza, such as those requiring hospitalization.
"The vaccine is our best protection, but it is important to know that treatment may help prevent some serious complications if you do get sick.”
Health Department officials recommend not returning to work or school until 24 hours after a fever goes away in order to minimize the chances of spreading the flu to others.
It’s also important to practice good health habits to reduce the likelihood of spreading the flu to other people.
Good health habits include frequent hand washing with soapy water, keeping hands away from your face, getting plenty of rest, eating a healthful diet, and covering coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue.