Cover, wash, sleep: tips for preventing the flu

There are other prevention steps Oregonians can take to reduce the spread of the virus:

n Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

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

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

n Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

n Stay home if you become sick.

n Clean work and household surfaces often.

n Wear a mask if you have a weakened immune system.

n Ask your family, friends and health providers to get a flu vaccination.

n Get plenty of sleep.

n Exercise and eat well.

n Manage any chronic conditions.

n Call your doctor to see if you should be seen in the clinic, or if a prescription for anti-viral medication is needed.

Severe flu symptoms needing an emergency room visit:

n Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

n Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

n Sudden dizziness

n Confusion

n Severe or persistent vomiting

n Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with fever and worse.

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