Board of Health Department

Posted on: January 3, 2018

FLU SEASON IS HERE!

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    There is still time to obtain a flu shot for this year.  It is not too late!  The Longmeadow Board of Health still has vaccine available.  Please contact Carol Steiner BSN, Longmeadow Public Health Nurse ( 413-565-4154). Flu shots offer protection from flu infection or from the most dangerous complications of flu infection.

     Also, the Mass. Dept. of Public Health highly recommends that individuals contact their physicians as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms associated with Flu infections: Fever (over 100’C.) , chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache or excessive  fatigue.  Do not delay, as treatment with anti-viral prescriptive medication will help to treat symptoms and prevent complications.  Preferably anti-viral treatment should be initiated within 48 hours of symptom onset; however, antiviral treatment started after 48 hours may still be beneficial to people.

     Reminder: If you get the flu, antiviral drugs are a treatment option.  Antibiotics are not effective against the flu.  Using antibiotics inappropriately can lead to antibiotic resistance and may expose patients to unwanted side effects of the drug.

      Other practices that may help decrease the spread of influenza include hygiene, cough etiquette, social distancing (staying home from work and school when ill, staying away from people who are sick) and hand washing.

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