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With the change in weather comes the increase chances of the Flu.

Extra precautions can help eliminate the chances of consuming the flu.

According to MS Department of Public Health https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,199.html?phr=Flu    below is a three way plan for flu prevention.

1. Get a seasonal flu vaccination. Flu vaccination not only helps prevent the spread of flu, it saves lives. Last flu season, an estimated 80,000 adults nationwide died from the flu, and more than 180 children – including three from Mississippi. Flu vaccination can keep you healthy, reduce the severity of illness, and lower your risk of flu-related hospitalization and death. Remember: Infants younger than six months of age aren’t protected by flu vaccination. You’re helping protect the very young when you’re vaccinated against flu.

2. Practice protective hygiene.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, which can transfer germs from your hands into your body.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. If you have flu symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

3. Take antiviral medications to treat your flu if your doctor prescribes them. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder, and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications, especially if you take them as soon as possible after symptoms appear. Antiviral drugs can help you recover from illness, but they can’t prevent the flu. Flu vaccination has proven to be the best way to prevent the flu.

 

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice is retiring after 25 years in the insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community serving as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club and Vice President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.

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