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Wash your hands frequently and get your annual influenza vaccination.

Flu Clinics will be held at the Health Center on October 2nd and October 22nd from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Preventing and Caring for Colds and Flus

Most colds and flus are self limiting viral infections. Sometimes there is a bacterial infection or complications that need medical assessment and follow up. 

The following tips can help protect you and your loved ones during the flu and cold  season:

  • Get flu vaccine every year.
  • Wash your hands after caring for others or animals, before eating or preparing food, before touching your face, after coughing or sneezing, after using the bathroom.
  • Wash thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your Cough: cough or sneeze into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. 
  • Sanitize things that are touched often, such as door or refrigerator handles, computer key boards/mouse, phones and water faucets.
  • Avoid unnecessary holding, kissing or sharing food, dishes and glasses with anyone who has a cold or the flu. 

Self care tips for an upper respiratory infection:

  • Rest-Please stay in your room as able until your fever is below 100 degrees without any medications to reduce transmission. Call the health center wtih any concerns at 781-736-3677.
  • Feeling Blue Meals can be ordered through the health center. Call us, we will assess the situation and send a validated form to your email. A friend or CA can take your printed signed form to Sherman to pick up your meal for you.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.Drink clear fluids such as water, clear soda, teas, broths, and juice. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. 
  • Fever is a higher than normal body temperature. It is the most common symptom of the flu. Although fever may cause worry, it helps the body fight infection and is usually not harmful. If you have flu, you may experience a fever that:
    • Increases quickly, rising to a peak of 101°–104° F within 12–24 hours.
    • Comes and goes, especially if medicines are used to treat it.
    • Typically lasts 3–5 days.
  • Fever,  Headache, Muscle aches are common symptoms of 'flu': Try a lukewarm shower, light layered clothing, and cool compresses. You can take acetominophen (Tylenol) 325 mg to 1000 mg every 6 hours as needed or ibuprofen (Motrin, advil) 200-400 mg every 6-8 hours as needed. 
  • Nasal Stuffiness is common with a cold: try humidified air, or take pseudoephedrine (sudafed) 30-60 mg every 4-6 hours as needed (no more than 6 tabs in 24 hours) or phenylephrine 5 mg-10mg every 4 hours as needed (no more than 12 tabs in 24 hours). 
  • Sore throat is common with a cold: gargle wtih salt water, use throat lozenges such a cepacol as directed.
  • Cough can be seen in colds and flus. It usually starts after the other symptoms and symptoms taper off slowly after a week. Try a cool humidifier, or you can use cough syrup with guaifenesin and dextromethorphen (Vicks 44, Robitussin dm, delsym) according to directions.

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When to Call a Doctor
Severe dehydration (not having enough fluid in the body) is a medical emergency. A person with severe dehydration may need fluids intravenously (through a needle in the arm) in a clinic or hospital. While you are waiting for medical help, continue to drink fluids in small amounts often. Get  medical care if you have any of these symptoms.
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Extreme irritability, decreased alertness, speech changes, confusion, or unconsciousness
  • Muscle weakness and fast heart rate
  • a severe sore throat that does not start to improve after two days or with severe thraot swelling, 
  • pain in the neck when bending forward
  • cough with bloody sputum
  • severe headache or severe pain in face or forehead
  • facial swelling
  • recurring fever
  • dark or scant urine 
  • unusual rash on body   

How to take a Temperature

Whenever you take your temperature, it is important to remember the following:

  • Always clean a thermometer with soap and water before and after each use.
  • Every time you take a temperature, write down the time, temperature reading, and the type and amount of medicine taken (if any).
  • If you’ve been using medicine to bring down the fever, take your temperature before the next dose is due.
  • The length of time to measure a temperature depends on the type of thermometer you use. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for details.
  • Do not drink any liquid for at least 15 minutes before taking the temperature.
  • Place the thermometer under the tongue towards the back of the mouth. Close your mouth and do  not bite down on the thermometer.
  • Hold the thermometer for the amount of time written in the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Normal temperature ranges: Mouth: 95.9° – 99.5°F