SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(ABC4 News) We’re right in the thick of flu season, and with winter just around the corner, it’s time to be extra cautious about disease prevention. Nicholas Rupp, Communications Coordinator with the Salt Lake County Health Department, joined Emily Clark to talk about what we should be doing.
Rupp says there are three main things we should be doing to prevent the spread of disease. He says the first, is to get vaccinated. Everyone should be getting a flu shot if you are six months of age and older. Shots are available at your doctor’s office or in most public pharmacies and stores like Walgreens and CVS.
The second, is to stay home if you are sick. Rupp says if you have a fever or have respiratory symptoms, don’t go out or go to work. Some people are more easily susceptible to disease, and it could be life-threatening for them.
Finally, the third thing you can do to protect yourselves and others, is to wash your hands. Proper hand washing means rubbing your hands together with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, rinsing them, and drying with a single-use paper towel or an air dryer.
Hand sanitizers are better than nothing, but they are not an acceptable substitute for hand washing. It should be used only as a temporary solution when hand washing is not available. If you do use hand sanitizer, it needs to be used correctly, which means rubbing your hands together with the sanitizer until the sanitizer is dry. Do not rub it on and let it air dry. You should wash your hands as soon as you have the opportunity to do so.
For more information and tips, visit the Salt Lake County Health Department’s website at SLCO.org/Health.