FEATURED TOPIC: FLU SEASON
Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that spreads around the United States every year, usually between October and May.
Flu is caused by influenza viruses, and is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.
Anyone can get flu. Flu strikes suddenly and can last several days. Symptoms vary by age, but can include:
sore throat headache
muscle aches runny or stuffy nose
Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, and many more are hospitalized. 2017-2018 (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6722a4.htm?s_cid=mm6722a4_w) was a high severity, H3N2-predominant season with record-breaking levels of influenza-like illness and hospitalization rates(https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluviewinteractive.htm).It is important to protect yourself and your family from illness.
Flu vaccine can:
1. Prevent you from getting flu.
2. Make flu less severe if you do get it.
3. Keep you from spreading flu to your family and friends.
A yearly flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu illness. For more information go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.
Emergency Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness for the important work being done to ensure our communities are safe, healthy and ready for emergencies. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management is sponsoring a statewide campaign to encourage Massachusetts residents, families and communities to make plans and prepare for public health and medical emergencies, threats, and disasters.
For an Emergency Preparedness Plan to customize for your own use, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/nl/know-plan-prepare-checklist-fillable.pdf
Recommended Items to Include ina Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
• Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
• Local maps
For more information, visit : https://www.mass.gov/know-plan-prepare
Phyllis Schilp BSN, RN and Abbie Amico
Sudbury Town Nurse Sudbury Social Work Intern
William James College INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health and wellness referral line available to families in the Sudbury and Lincoln Communities as well as Boston families with children in the Sudbury and Lincoln schools. This free and confidential service is available to residents of all ages in member towns.
Callers will be asked to describe their need and provide insurance, appointment time and location preferences. INTERFACE staff will then use their extensive database to find a licensed therapist or provider match with the appropriate specialization. They are able to make referrals in the Sudbury, Lincoln and Boston areas. INTERFACE is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888-244-6843 (toll free).