September is preparedness month—be prepared for the flu

By on September 22, 2009

COUNTY—With September being National Preparedness Month, the Kane County Health Department is reminding people to think about preparedness when it comes to the flu. With the possibility of two strains of flu, seasonal and H1N1, circulating through our area this fall, the Health Department recommends that families sit down and prepare a plan for facing the risks of becoming infected with either virus, including getting a shot.

Medical providers will be receiving or have already received their stocks of seasonal flu vaccine, so now is a good time to schedule a flu shot. Vaccine for the H1N1 virus is expected to arrive in mid- to late-October.

“The seasonal flu takes its toll every year, and with H1N1 lurking around the corner, that makes it doubly important to take the proper steps to prevent the spread, including getting a flu shot,” said Paul Kuehnert, Executive Director.

Check www.kanehealth.com often for updates on the situation.

For more information and referrals about seasonal flu shots, call the Health Department’s Bee Wize Immunization program at (630) 264-7665 or 1-866-BEEWIZE.

What you can do to stay healthy this flu season
• Stay informed. Influenza is thought to spread
mainly person-to-person through coughing or
sneezing of infected people.

• Take everyday actions to stay healthy.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you
cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash
after you use it.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially
after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands
cleaners are also effective.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs spread that way.

• Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you
stay home from work or school and limit contact with
others to keep from infecting them.

• Follow public health advice regarding school closures,
avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

• Find healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety.

• Find a flu buddy (someone to check in with you if
you’re elderly, live alone or remember to check in with
neighbors and family who might become ill).

• Get Ready! Talk with your family about creating or
adding flu items to your emergency kit (soup,
Gatorade, water, etc).