Friday, December 18, 2009

It's the Season

The holiday season is upon us!
Many people are out and about dashing to parties and shopping trying to everything done. However, its just as important not to forget to take a few precautions to stay healthy too.

It only takes a few minutes to remember to:
* wash your hands often! Use hand sanitizer while out or when possible use warm water and soap. Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds.

* keep your distance from those who are coughing or sneezing whenever possible to be out of the 6 to 10 feet zone of airborne viruses.

* try not to get run down or over tired. Take a break and get your rest.

* try to eat well balanced meals

* remember to fit in exercise whenever possible

But sometimes, no matter how hard we try, some may still get sick. If you've caught a cold or think you may have the flu, be kind to others and stay home, especially if you experience fever, cough, sore throat, chills, muscle aches, diarrhea and vomiting. Call your doctor if in doubt.

If you think you have caught the H1N1 flu or what is commonly called the "swine flu" call your doctor if you're pregnant or have a chronic health condition, such as emphysema, asthma, diabetes or heart disease as these conditions may worsen.

In most cases the swine flu needs no treatment other than that for symptom relief, however speak to your doctor. You may be prescribed additional medication to open your airways or antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu or Relenza.

Remember to take care of yourself and get plenty of rest, drink liquids and follow directions given by your doctor.

With just a few precautions most will be able to enjoy the holiday season and stay healthy.

Have a safe and happy New Year's!
The Library Staff