Flu season has arrived and The Herald shares flu facts and prevention tips including advice from Everett Clinic Dr. Yuan-Po Tu in Flu Services. He shared information on hand washing and cocooning infants.
"A few simple and effective precautions dramatically reduce the risk of spreading and/or catching cold-and-flu viruses. Hand washing tops the list.
'The official recommendation is 20 seconds with soap and water,' Tu advised. 'Alcohol hand rubs, such as Purell, are also pretty effective in most cases. The only time that's not true is diarrheal illnesses, where soap and water do a better job.'
Tu also recommends coughing into a sleeve or elbow rather than the hand, which more easily spreads the virus.
'You tend to be most contagious at the onset of a respiratory illness and probably even about 24 hours before the coughing and body aches start,' Tu said. 'Also, we strongly encourage anyone with a fever over 100 degrees (Fahrenheit) to stay home.'"
In the article, Dr. Tu also stressed the importance of vaccinations, particularly to help protect the most vunerable from infection.
"We call it ‘cocooning protection' around the most vulnerable," Tu said. "There is no approved vaccination for newborns less than six months of age. In a situation like that, everyone around them — adults, siblings, caregivers — needs to be vaccinated.”
Read the article "Stay healthy during flu season," in The Herald.