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Stopping the Spread of Illness and Disease by Leslie Mitchell, R.N.

LeslieModernized first world countries are threatened with disease. Antimicrobial soaps and hand sanitizers at home are no match for modern disease outbreaks borne out of third world nations that may find their way into your home. Even preventing the flu which is a common communicable disease, is often not a priority for the nouveau organic all natural trend. Stopping the spread of germs at home, work, and school is the best way to prevent the spread of disease.

Step one, get vaccinated. I’m not referring to exotic diseases like Ebola and Zika, preventing the flu begins with a flu shot. If you or your loved ones are avoiding the vaccine to keep an all-natural approach, there are preservative-free vaccines available. There are those that should not be vaccinated against the flu virus, namely those with egg allergies or a history of Guillen Barré Syndrome.

Universal precautions otherwise known as ways to keep germs off yourself and others should always be observed. Handwashing, covering your cough, wearing gloves around blood or other bodily fluids are all methods of universal precautions. Clean and disinfect areas that came into contact with sick people and allow 3 minutes for the germicidal / virucidal wipe to dissipate before using that surface again.  Kids and the elderly are especially at risk for contracting the flu virus, as well as those afflicted with autoimmune diseases.

germTo prevent the spread of disease, stay home when you are sick, and keep your children home when they are sick. It may delay the healing process if you push yourself too hard, and it will expose others to illness. Even with universal precautions, endangering others is not a risk that should be taken. Viruses spread quickly, and your physician can properly diagnose the flu virus and take measures to treat yourself and potentially others that may be exposed to the virus also.

Prophylactic treatment of the flu vaccine is available. If your spouse, or child is infected with the flu virus, a low dose of antiviral medicine may be appropriate if deemed necessary by a physician.  If contact can’t be avoided with a sick loved one, preventative measures may be prescribed. Tamiflu is a prescription medication, not over-the-counter, and may not be appropriate for all patients.

Flu season typically runs September through April, and it seems to be getting longer year after year. Stay healthy, and if you follow these precautions you and your loved may avoid the flu this season.

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.