With the school year in full swing, the Liberty Fire Department is encouraging citizens to start flu prevention now. Here are a few helpful reminders:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- If you don't have a tissue, cough in your arm, not your hands.
- Wash you hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
- If you don't feel good, stay at home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urges individuals to take the time to get vaccinated. Seasonal flu vaccine is important for health care workers and other people who live with or care for people who are at high risk. Please see information below regarding the Clay County Health Center's Season Flu Clinics.
However, it is important to note that a seasonal vaccine will not protect you against novel H1N1. A new vaccine against novel H1N1 is being produced and will be available in the coming months. People at greatest risk for novel H1N1 infection include:
pregnant women, and
people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease.
For more information about flu prevention and vaccinations, visit the Clay County Health Center's website at www.clayhealth.com or the CDC's flu website at www.flu.gov.