The Mississippi Department of Health reports Mississippi is in the grips of the flu season, with the flu outbreak reaching a peak in February. We are seeing that firsthand every day here at the Pharmacy @ the Medical Center. Our informal survey of customers reveals that the flu is taking down entire families and is affecting young and old. The Centers for Disease Control is publishing guidelines to help fight the flu, and we are sharing them here.
3 Actions to Fight the Flu
Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that can be serious. Every year, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu. CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from the flu
Get yourself and your family vaccinated!
A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Everyone 6 months or older should get an annual flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible, or as soon as possible after October.
Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even in some schools. We offer the flu vaccine here at The Pharmacy@the Medical Center.
Avoid close contact with sick people, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often (with soap and water), and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu viruses.
If you become sick, limit contact with others as much as possible. Remember to cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw tissues in the trash after you use them. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine before resuming normal activities.)
Take Antiviral Drugs If Your Doctor Prescribes Them!
If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness.
Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They also can prevent serious flu complications, like pneumonia.
CDC recommends that antiviral drugs be used early to treat people who are very sick with the flu (for example, people who are in the hospital) and people who are sick with the flu and are at high risk of serious flu complications, either because of their age or because they have a high risk medical condition.
Call or come see us with any questions
The Pharmacy@the Medical Center team is here to answer all your questions and provide you with the over the counter and prescription drug solutions you need to fight flu, colds and anything that ails you. We are proud to serve McComb and surrounding areas and invite you to call us or stop by. The Pharmacy at the Medical Center is conveniently located in the lobby of Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center. Look for reserved parking at the main entrance, and if you’d like to drive up to price up your prescription, give us a call in advance, and we’ll deliver your order to the front drive. (601) 250 4400