Kids are back in school and flu season is fast approaching. This year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is concerned that a new strain of the flu, H1N1, or swine flu, will be a part of this year's flu season. The Oregon County Health Department is setting up preparations for this year's flu season with various campaigns.
The campaign will begin this month and will be called "Fight the Flu."
"The campaign encourages members of our community to work with the health department to protect themselves, their families and our community against all flue viruses, seasonal and H1N1, by focusing on three areas: Protect your family -- get your family vaccinated against seasonal flu, establish healthy practices of hand washing and not sharing personal items, stockpile food and medication in case you need to voluntarily isolate or quarantine yourself and your family, make arrangements for child care if schools close and talk to your employer about flexible work schedules. Protect yourself -- get a seasonal flu shot, wash your hand, keep a distance of at least six feet from people who are sick and choose a healthy lifestyle to build your immune system," according to the Oregon County Health Department.
Some ways to help build up the immune system include, getting enough sleep, reducing stress, stop smoking and using tobacco products, staying active, choosing healthy foods and drinking plenty of water.
The third area the health department will focus on is protecting the community by encouraging those who are sick to stay home, keeping kids home when they have a fever and for at least 24 hours after their fever goes away without the use of medication, covering coughs, washing hands and not sharing personal items.
"The campaign will include printed materials, audio clips, video clips, public service announcements, letters and other marketing strategies. It will also include a sticker campaign called 'No Hot Heads.' More details will be released in September," according to the Oregon County Health Department.
"At this time, there are no confirmed cases of influenza in Oregon County," says the health department. "We urge you to help promote the campaign in your conversation."