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Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu
Now that flu season is here, it is even more important to protect yourself and others from flu and flu-like viruses. Below are a few tips for protecting yourself and others against the flu:
- Vaccination is your best defense. Virginia Mason is offering influenza immunizations at many convenient locations throughout the Puget Sound. Call your provider’s office or schedule a flu shot by calling (888) VM-CARES.
- Wash or sanitize your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs, especially flu and cold viruses, spread easily from our hands and the eyes, mouth, and nose are easy entry sites into the body.
- Clean commonly touched surfaces, such as telephones, computer keyboards, doorknobs, frequently.
- When possible, avoid contact with others who are ill.
If you are feeling ill with flu-like symptoms, follow these tips to avoid spreading your illness:
- Do not visit hospitalized patients if you are ill with cough, congestion, fever or other signs of the flu.
- Cover your cough. Cough into your sleeve, on the inner part of your elbow, or use a tissue or mask to protect those around you. Dispose of used tissue and masks in the trash.
- Follow the hand hygiene tips above to avoid spreading the virus to others around you.
- If you are seeing your doctor or entering the hospital or clinic for other reasons, cover your nose and mouth with a mask and sanitize your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer as you enter. Masks and hand sanitizer are available in the kiosks located in each lobby.