October 2007 

In The Neighborhood

Flu Awareness Week

It’s that time of the year when a sniffle and a sneeze can mean a lot more than allergies. Flu season is here and the Southern Nevada Health District  is urging the public to become educated on flu prevention during Flu Awareness Week, which is being recognized from Monday, Oct. 15 through Friday, Oct. 19.

The city of Las Vegas is joining in the awareness campaign by presenting a proclamation declaring Flu Awareness Week at the Oct. 17 City Council meeting.  While the flu, or influenza, is fairly common, it can be serious. The illness causes more then 30,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations in the United States annually.

Flu Awareness Week education efforts focus on educating citizens on prevention of the illness. These precautions include:
• Getting vaccinated, especially for those who are at increased risk including small children, the elderly, pregnant women and those who suffer from chronic medical conditions.
• Washing your hands often and thoroughly with soap or a hand sanitizer.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze. Dispose of the tissue after use.
• Stay healthy – eat well, drink lots of fluids, exercise and get plenty of rest.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.

The week-long campaign also aims to help those who may have already gotten sick with tips on how to help reduce the spread of the virus. These tips include:
• Stay home to prevent spreading the illness.
• Eat right, drink plenty of fluids and rest.
• See your doctor if you are concerned about your illness, especially if you are at high risk for complications from the flu.

More information on the flu can be found at the “Flu Revolution” Web site .  The Web site includes information on how to prevent the spread of the flu and how to be prepared in the case of a flu pandemic.

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