What you might not know about preventing the flu

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Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 6:12pm

Smith Country reports it's first two confirmed deaths from the flu.  Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler confirms a patient died this week.  ETMC in Tyler reports one happened the last week of the year.  However, the strain of flu that cause the death is still not known.

While local hospitals have been seeing numerous cases, they are also experiencing an overload of patients.  People are coming in with flu like symptoms, pneumonia, and severe colds.  Both hospitals have even had to turn away some patients.

So to avoid this outbreak, what should you do?  Wash your hands, cover your cough, or stay home when your sick.  We've all heard this advice since we were little, but with the influenza running high here in East Texas, what are some precautions we haven't considered?

Dr. Benjamin Constante of Momentum Urgent Care in Tyler says to start with your home, "cleaning the air in your house, air purifiers, things like that."  Also clean all of your phones, door knobs, tablets, and even light switches.  Anything you use with your hands should be cleaned.

If you're tired at work, its a good idea not to rub your eyes.  "You're certainly at risk for developing the infection just absorbing it through your eye.," said Dr. Constante.

Even though we hear it all the time to get our flu shots, here's something you might not know, "it's not an instant protection, but it is the safest, most effective way to protect yourself from the flu virus," said Stephanie Taylor, NET heath.  According to NET health, it takes about 2 weeks for the immunization to kick in.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Read this: Everything you need to know about the flu - http://www.ketknbc.com/news/educate-yourself-everything-you-need-to-know...

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