Vaccine best way to prevent flu

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

The 82nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron Public Health Flight is urging people to help prevent getting and spreading the flu virus.

The best way of preventing the flu is by getting a flu shot, but there are other preventive steps that can be taken, too. Those include:

• Avoiding close contact with people who have the flu.

• Wash hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for a full 20 seconds.

• Cover coughs and sneezes and encourage others to do the same.

• Dispose of used tissues immediately.

• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

• Don’t share cups or eating utensils.

The flu is spread from person to person from airborne droplets transmitted through coughing, sneezing, touching and talking. A cough or sneeze can propel droplets up to 3 feet.

Healthy adults can be contagious for a full day before they get sick and for five days after symptoms appear. Symptoms include a fever, cough and sore throat, runny and stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Those who feel they may have flu-like symptoms should contact their medical provider by calling 940-676-1847.

For more information about the flu, call Public Health at 940-676-1874 or 940-676-3052. Information can also be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at cdc.gov.