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Good news on MedStar’s response volume for patients our crews identified with a primary or secondary clinical impression of Influenza Like Illness…

January 2019’s response volume is 28% lower than December 2018, and 84% lower than January of 2018!!

Although these numbers are encouraging, we’re still in the midst of flu season – keep up the diligence on the top things you can do to help contracting, or spreading the flu:

Get a flu vaccine!
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.