Simple advice to prevent flu

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By The Staff

The best way to prevent contracting any flu, as well as other respiratory diseases, is frequent hand-washings, using soap and hot water. Anti-bacterial hand cleanser is also effective.

•  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.  Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, rather than your hands, if a tissue is not available.

• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

• If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. People with mild symptoms of influenza should stay home and call their health-care provider for advice. If symptoms become severe, such as high fever, trouble breathing or inability to keep fluids down, seek medical care.

Symptoms of Influenza A are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal flu and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.