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Flu Infomoration & Resources
September 23, 2009
Jackson, Mich. — Each year, Allegiance Health prepares for the flu season in collaboration with the Jackson County Health Department and other health agencies. This year, preparations are particularly challenging as we brace for two types of flu: seasonal and H1N1 (Swine).
To protect against both viruses, separate flu shots are necessary. Seasonal flu clinics for staff and the community have been underway for several weeks—and shots are still available at the Jackson County Health Department, located at 1715 Lansing Avenue in Jackson.
Allegiance Health and the Health Department are also developing plans to offer vaccinations for the H1N1 virus beginning in late October and will begin publicizing clinic dates soon.
Tips for Staying Healthy
To avoid the flu, remember to follow these simple (and smart) hygiene tips:
- Use consistent hand hygiene by frequently washing with soap and warm water.
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you aren’t able to wash your hands.
- If you are ill, stay home and avoid close contact with others.
- If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms with fever, chills or nausea, contact your physician.
- Make sure to get the seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccinations. Visit flu.gov to learn the latest on seasonal and H1N1 vaccines from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Remember, if you’re sick contact your physician, get lots of rest and minimize your contact with others.
For the latest information on flu prevention, please visit flu.gov or cdc.gov.