Park County, CO – With the holiday season fast-approaching, Park County Public Health encourages residents to protect themselves from the flu! There are actions you can take to stop the spread of germs yet the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the single best way to reduce the risk of seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications is to get vaccinated each year. Flu vaccine is available at the Public Health Fairplay and Bailey offices. To book an appointment please call Park County Public Health at 719-836-4174 for the Fairplay office and 303-816-5974 for the Bailey office.
In addition to getting your flu shot, good health habits like avoiding people who are sick, covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu.
The tips below are some of the actions you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs:
- Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
- Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.
- Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Please call Park County Public Health at 719-836-4174 or 303-816-5974 to schedule your appointment or if you have questions.