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Be Flu Free

Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Tips

Jennifer Birkhauser, M.D., M.S., F.A.A.P.

Hoag Medical Group

The flu is no laughing matter: more than just a “cold,” the flu is a severe illness with the potential to make you sick for a week or even longer. In some cases, complications from the flu may cause serious health problems. Preventing (and surviving) the flu may not be easy, but your chances may be greatly improved by following a few simple tips:

  • Practice good hand washing hygiene at all times. A thorough washing with soap and water is necessary if hands are visibly dirty. A quick rinse with hand sanitizer is good in between washings.
  • Stay home from work/school if you are sick. You are likely okay to return to work/school once your fever is gone for 24 hours and your symptoms have improved. People may be contagious before they have symptoms of the flu, so this may not always be possible, but always try to minimize contact with those who are acutely ill.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough. It is best to sneeze/cough into your elbow or shoulder so the germs don’t linger on your hands, where you can easily spread them to others.
  • See your doctor if you think you may have the flu; he/she may be able to help. Your doctor may be able to prescribe medication that can shorten the duration of symptoms. In the meantime, drink plenty of water and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help keep you comfortable.
  • Get your flu shot as soon as it is available. If your child is too young to get the flu vaccine, make sure everyone around him/her is vaccinated.


Hoag Health & Wellness Fair

Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hoag Health Center Irvine – Sand Canyon

Adults ages 18 and over can receive a flu shot, while supply lasts.