Influenza Related Resources

Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:51 AM | Anonymous member

The 2012-2013 flu season began early this year and has become one of the worst we have seen in years. Click Here for informational, flyers, videos, and other valuable resources for dealing with influenza and other infectious disease outbreaks.

The following is a message from Kaiser Permanente outlining strategies to protect ourselves and our staff members:

”Influenza activity is increasing in Oregon and Washington. With heightened media coverage recently, we are seeing an increase in requests for seasonal flu vaccinations in unprecedented numbers.  And, KPNW facilities (especially our urgent care clinics and the Emergency Department) are also seeing an increasing number of members with influenza-like illness.

Do what you can to stay healthy

The flu is spread from person to person, mostly through coughing and sneezing. You can also get a flu virus by touching a contaminated surface.  

          Take these steps to avoid getting and spreading the flu:   Get vaccinated now if you haven’t already. It’s not too late.

          Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Carry an alcohol-based hand gel to use when you can’t wash.

          Cover your cough. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve instead of your hands. If you do use your hands, wash them as soon as you can.

          Avoid touching your face. Flu viruses can spread by touching something or someone that is contaminated and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Keep surfaces clean. Countertops, telephones, toys, cups, sinks, and other items that sick children or adults come in contact with may become contaminated. The FDA recommends mixing 1 teaspoon of bleach with 1 quart of water or using a household sanitizer to help keep surfaces clean. Disinfect sponges frequently by running them through the dishwasher or washing machine or by soaking them in a bleach and water solution.”  

Here are some additional cold and flu related resources:

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