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Take Precautionary Steps to Stay Healthy This Flu Season

With recent reports of Medstar crews responding to five times as many influenza-related illness calls this year than in 2017, the Fort Worth ISD is urging employees, students and families to take steps for staying healthy this flu season.

Healthcare professionals say it is not too late to get a flu shot. This year’s vaccine could still help reduce the number of people who might otherwise contract the virus as well as reduce symptoms for those who do contract it.

Frequent and diligent hand washing is another preventive measure. When hand washing is not possible, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is a good second choice.

Medical workers suggest that flu season is not a good time to exchange handshakes. Instead, consider the alternatives of fist or elbow bumping for a greeting.

Since contamination through water vapor is a significant possibility people who sneeze, or cough should cover their face with their elbow to minimize spreading droplets.

Flu season generally peaks in January and February. 

Despite all precautions we know some people will get sick. When that happens the best course of action is to seek the advice of your healthcare provider and stay at home until 24 hours after any fever subsides. Your classmates and co-workers will appreciate your consideration in this regard. 

Lastly, the Tarrant County Public Health website contains a lot of information on other preventive measures including a list of where to get a flu shot. 



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