FLU notice from the Franklin County Public Health Department - PDF flyer to print out click
Seasonal flu activity has been widespread and high since mid-December. Influenza cases and hospitalizations are high across the U.S. Locally, Columbus and Franklin County is in the high category, meaning there’s a steady amount of flu activity in the area.
How do you know if you have the flu? You may have the flu if you have some of each of these symptoms:
● Fever (not everyone with the flu will have a fever)
● Sore throat (not everyone with the flu will have a sore throat)
● Runny or stuffy nose
● Body aches
● Diarrhea and vomiting (not everyone with the flu will have diarrhea or vomiting)
What do you need to do if you think you have the flu? Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, stay home (for at least 24 hours) and avoid contact with others except a medical professional (if needed). If you’re in a high risk group or very sick, contact your healthcare provider as you may need medication to help treat your illness.
Other tips if you get sick:
● Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or the bend of your arm when your cough or sneeze. Avoid using your hand to cover a cough or sneeze.
● Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
● Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
It’s not too late to get a flu shot!
Chris Morford, BSN, RN, School Nurse
CTA: Monday & Tuesday
Phone: (614) 864-0299 ext.211
Fax (614) 864-2119