Assemblywoman Schimel Brings You Health Tips on the Flu from the Nassau County Department of Health
- Get a seasonal flu shot:
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness. The
single best way to combat the flu is to receive a flu shot and practice good health habits.
In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated.
October through December is the best time to receive a flu shot. A seasonal flu vaccine will
not protect individuals against novel H1N1 (formerly know as Swine Flu). A new vaccine is
being produced for novel H1N1 and should be available in the coming months.
- Have a regular family physician:
Identify a health care professional or medical office to coordinate and oversee you and
your familyís care, whether sick or healthy.
- Practice good health habits and take everyday preventive actions:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs are spread this way.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and when you are sick, stay home from work, school and errands.
- Eat nutritious food, be active and donít smoke.
- Take time to relax and get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Make sure children get more.
- Get regular check-ups and ask your health care provider how to maintain good health.
In the event you become sick be prepared by keeping the following items on hand in your house:
- A supply of over-the-counter medicines
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Wash your hands with soap and water
Follow public health advice regarding the flu. To date, the majority of individuals
affected with novel H1N1 (Swine Flu) experience mild to moderate symptoms similar to
seasonal flu. The Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) will continue to meet and
communicate with schools, health care providers and hospitals daily in planning for the
influenza season. Stay informed by utilizing the following resources:
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel
Room 324 Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12248