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I gathered some information from the CDC website and also from my professors. We start clinical rotation in the hospital tomorrow. We’ve been going through infection control measures this week.

The flu is a virus - antibiotics will have no effect in treating it.

The virus is spread through droplets that enter us through our nose, mouth, or eyes - mucous membranes.

The virus can travel 6 feet if someone sneezes or coughs in our direction.

The virus will live on surfaces for 2 - 8 hours but will be killed with a thorough cleaning with an alcohol based cleaner.

Someone with the flu, but hasn’t started feeling bad, can infect those around them for a full day and not even know it. They will still be contagious for 5 days after symptoms start, even if the symptoms are mild (for those of you who go to work when you don’t feel well.)

Some people can be carriers and pass the flu along to others without ever actually getting sick.

The reason the flu shot is recommended each year is because the virus mutates. Each year’s vaccine is based on a prediction of how the virus will mutate and what strains will be evident that year. Getting a vaccination each year protects us from many strains and keeps us protected if that particular strain comes along in the future.

The reason we are asked if we are allergic to eggs when we receive a flu vaccine is because the vaccine is developed inside chicken eggs and contains albumin.

The very best way to keep from getting the flu is to wash our hands and use alcohol based hand sanitizers. We can touch something that has been touched by a sick person and then bring our hands to our faces and get sick.

I hope this helps our members to stay well this flu season. For more information, log on to CDC.gov - they are the experts and the information there can be trusted.

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 16, 2013
    • I know a lot of people have misgivings about the flu shot and choose not to get one. My mother is a perfect example. I finally got her to promise to buy hand sanitizer and use it after touching the ATM machine, gas pump, door handles, grocery cart - everything. I know it sounds like overkill but she’s 84 and the flu could have devastating consequences if she were to get sick.

      My boss at the health center on campus is doing her PhD work on the flu and I’ve learned a lot from her. She also says that if someone gets a flu shot and then the next day has “gotten the flu,” it is most likely a timing issue and they had the flu brewing in the first place. Getting the shot may not help that particular year but will be effective in the future.



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      Linda L wrote Jan 16, 2013
    • Thank you for the info.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 17, 2013
    • Thankfully I did get my shot. Now if I could only find a great moisturizing hand sanitizer. My hands are raw from the washing and use of sanitizer.  

      Please keep sharing all your tidbits!



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      Marya1961 wrote Jan 17, 2013
    • Excellent information!heart  Thank you for sharing with us, Cynthia, as I still see many people out in public touching everything, sneezing and coughing in the air and just plain bad hygiene habits.  I make my lists and get in and out of stores as fast as possible.happy



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      Thebracoach wrote Jan 17, 2013
    • Excellent information.  I get a flu shot and my hands are raw from washing and sanitizing :)



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      Mzd3 wrote Jan 18, 2013
    • Thanks for sharing happy. I get my flu shot each year too, wash a lot and sanitize my desk at work .



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