Monday, January 21, 2013
Florida's flu season may last through February. Here are a few simple tips for staying well.
1.) The flu virus can live up to 12 hours on countertops and doorknobs. It's not a bad idea to wipe down hard surfaces at the home or office, including keyboards. Using disinfecting wipes is quick and convenient. Keeping a spray can of disinfectant handy is not a bad idea either. 2.) Advise family members to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough. Avoid people who do not take this precaution because it is a sure way to pass along flu germs. 3.) If you do not have to shake hands, then don't. The contact allows for the virus to be transmitted if the person then rubs his or her eyes or mouth. 4.) Remember when Mom said to wash your hands? Well, she was right. Health experts say use soap and sing "Happy Birthday" twice to yourself to …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
As flu season makes itself known throughout Florida and right here in Lutz, we asked a local expert for some facts about the bug.
With many Lutz residents finding themselves battling the fevers, sniffles, coughs and body aches so common with the flu, we thought it was time to ask the experts about this bug that has so many down and out. Myths surrounding this illness are common and St. Joseph’s Hospitals’ infection prevention and control manager Elizabeth “Liz” Moseley, RN, BSN, CIC, agreed to answer some of our questions about the troublesome condition. Patch: Does the flu shot cause the flu? Moseley: The flu shot cannot give you the flu. Common side effects from the flu shot are sore arm, low fever and achiness. The nasal-spray flu vaccine can cause side effects of runny nose, sore throat or cough. If someone does experience any of these side effects, they are mild…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The shots will be available at multiple locations throughout the county.
The District School Board of Pasco County is teaming up with its CareHere— Health and Wellness Centers to offer free flu shots to any adult or child, ten or older, who brings in an unwrapped child's toy for donation. All donations will go to needy children within the Pasco County School District. Vaccinations will be administered on a walk-in basis, first-come, first-served, according to the program flier. Times and locations: Saturday, Dec. 15 Monday, Dec. 17 Tuesday, Dec. 18 Wednesday, Dec. 19