Flu season is here. Here’s what you need to know.

FFC Employee Receiving a Flu Vaccine

1.     Get your flu vaccination.  It’s not too late; flu season lasts through April.  As a retirement community/health care provider, all FFC employees are strongly encouraged to get a yearly flu shot, provided on the premises and free of charge.  And of course, all of our residents are given the opportunity to get a flu shot here as well.  It does take one to two weeks for the flu vaccine to become effective.  And just to clarify, the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu.

2.     Prevention is key.  Here are actions to take to keep yourself and those around you healthy:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone.  We kindly ask visitors to refrain from visiting FFC if they are sick.

3.     If you do get the flu, seek treatment immediately.  Prescription antiviral drugs can treat your illness but only if you begin treatment early.  Symptoms to watch for include:

  • a high fever (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • a cough and/or sore throat
  • a runny or stuffy nose
  • headaches and/or body aches
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea

For more information, visit www.flu.gov and www.cdc.gov/flu/.