Flu Circulating At A High Capacity

Some national news reports say the flu has reached epidemic proportions in the country. Fond du Lac County Public Health Officer Kim Mueller agrees the flu is circulating at a high capacity comparable to what we saw 3 to 4 years ago. She emphasizes that most people going to the emergency room for the flu don’t need to. She recommends taking precautions to avoid the flu, the best being to get a flu shot. Use good hand washing and avoiding others who have the flu will also help. She urges parents to talk to their kids about what to do if they are sick so they won’t spread the flu to others who don’t have it. She suggests if they are coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose to wash their hands afterward. She says they should also avoid putting their hands over their mouth when they cough instead coughing into their elbow to avoid getting germs on their hands. If you are going shopping taking advantage of free hand wipes and hand sanitizer some stores offer near their entrances to wipe down the cart you use. Other recommendations about the flu are available at the CDC website. (CDC photo)