Flu Prevention and Symptoms
Julie Idlewine, Schneck Marketing - February 20, 2017
Schneck has recently put in place visitor restrictions based upon the significant increase of inpatient flu we are seeing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention anyone can get the flu, but luckily not all cases of the flu cause patients to be admitted to the hospital. There are a few segments of our community at higher risk for severe flu-related complications. Those who are very young, pregnant women, adults 65+, and those with a chronic condition like asthma or diabetes are at a higher risk. The visitor restrictions protect our high risk patients and our staff from catching the flu.

Below are a few reminders to keep yourself and others around you feeling well this flu season:
  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Stay home when you are sick.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  4. Wash your hands often with either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  6. Practice good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.  Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
And one last point, there is still time to contact you family physician to get your flu shot. While the shot doesn't protect from all strains of the flu, it protects you from common strains this flu season.

How do you know if you have the flu? You may have some or all of these symptoms:
  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (please note, not everyone with a fever has the flu)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

If you are a patient of Schneck Primary Care, you don't need an appointment to get a flu shot in the Seymour office. Call (812) 522-1613 with any questions you may have.