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The Flu:Taking Care of You and Your Family

The 2012-2013 flu season is here, which should come to no surprise to any of us who have listened to the news, taken care of sick patients or family members, or have been sick yourself. The spread of influenza is high as expected this time of year, and the virus itself is not any more severe than expected. It’s not too late for your friends and family to get vaccinated if they have not already. Click here for locations.

Anne Arundel Medical Center is working closely with local health agencies to monitor the presence of influenza in the region. We have also established a committee of physicians, nurses, and other hospital leadership to evaluate what steps may be necessary to protect our patients, visitors and staff, including potentially limiting visitors to the hospital as necessary.

Fighting the Flu

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink clear fluids to keep from getting dehydrated
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Remember: Flu spreads via droplets.
  • If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, body aches, etc. please stay home until 24-hours after symptoms subside.
  • Please remember that Tamiflu is not a miracle drug and its use should be reserved for young children, pregnant women and patients with the flu who also have weakened immune systems. Tamiflu is not necessary for otherwise healthy adults with symptoms of influenza.

Symptoms of Influenza

You may have the flu if you have all or some of these symptoms:

  •  Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches and chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

If you have these symptoms complicating influenza, a visit to your doctor or clinic may be needed:

  • Confusion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dehydration (inability to take enough fluids by mouth)
  • Very young infants with high fever

If you have questions about the flu, contact askAAMC at 443-481-4000.

For more information about the flu visit the CDC’s web site.

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