Flu ShotsFall is in the air and so is the Flu! Flu shots are now available at the Rural Health Clinic. Call for an appointment at 432-639-2580, or Walk-ins are accepted. Keep reading to find out the facts!
Do you have the facts?The seasonal flu refers to several common strains (specific forms) of flu virus that go around each year, mainly in the fall and winter. A yearly shot (vaccine) can help prevent it.
Flu germs spread mainly through people's cough and sneezes. These things can spray droplets through the air and:
*Into the mouths or noses of people nearby
*Onto surfaces that people touch before touching their
nose, mouth or eyes.
Flu symptoms generally:
*start within 10 days (usually 2) of exposure
*include fever, chills, headache, body aches, sore
throat, coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath.
Take steps to help avoid getting or spreading flu germs.
*Wash your hands often and well. Scrub your hands and
wrists for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your
eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
*Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, (use your
sleeve if you don't have one-not your hands.) Throw
the used tissue in a wastebasket.
If you get sick, act responsibly.
If you think you might have caught a flu virus, call
your local doctor. Find out:
*if you should stay home and for how long
*how to protect others - for example, by staying in a
seperate room, washing your hands)
*how to treat symptoms - or if you should go in for
testing or treatment.