Puyallup Tribal Health Authority urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu):
- Get vaccinated.
- Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow. Never use your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Keep your body healthy by eating a variety of fresh fruits and veggies, take a daily multivitamin, exercise for at least 30 minutes each day, get at least 8 hours of sleep each night, don’t smoke or drink alcohol.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, PTHA recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Call PTHA’s Triage for medical advice instead of coming to the clinic.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
CDC recommends ALL people older than 6 months of age get vaccinated against the flu every year. Flu vaccine is effective throughout the season. It takes 2 weeks for your body to build immunity after being vaccinated so the earlier you get vaccinated the better. Call or stop by PTHA to get your flu shot today!