Protecting patients and staff of St. Luke’s Hospital

Published 11:54am Saturday, December 22, 2012

Preventative measures

If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, Dr. Thomas Dashiell recommends the following:

• Stay home and avoid contact with other people, except to seek medical care.

• Take antiviral drugs if prescribed when symptoms first appear to shorten the duration of illness.

• Adults can use over-the-counter cold and flu medicines to get relief from fever and aches. Over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to children under age 4. Contact your doctor for advice regarding treatment of children under the age of 4.

• Use decongestants and saline nasal sprays to open breathing passages to help you breathe.

• Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and juices. Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and colas that rob your body of fluids.

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