Mercy Health - Cincinnati Provides Tips for Flu Season

(CINCINNATI; January 6, 2016) – Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, wants to help keep the community healthy this flu season.

This year’s flu season is starting off much more mildly that last year’s, with the Ohio Department of Health reporting 121 flu-related hospitalizations reported through Nov. 27, compared to 202 in the same period last year. However, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu season typically peaks between months December and February and can continue into March, so it’s still wise to take precautions.

To prevent getting the flu, Mercy Health recommends that you:
• Get a flu shot
• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water
• Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Exercise to strengthen your immune system
• Eat healthily and get plenty of sleep
• Avoid close contact with others who are sick
• Sanitize surfaces like phones and keyboards frequently

The most common symptoms of the flu are headache and other severe aches, fever, runny or stuffy nose, cough and fatigue.

If you already have the flu, you should:
• Stay home and get rest
• Drink plenty of clear fluids such as water, herbal tea and sports drinks
• Use a humidifier to make breathing easier
• Ease congestion with a nasal rinse or saline solution
• Gargle with salt water to soothe a sore throat
• Take over-the-counter medicine to treat fever and aches
• Limit contact with others as much as possible
• Remain at home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone
• Contact your doctor if symptoms worsen or persist

To find a Mercy Health physician in your neighborhood, or to learn about the services provided at Mercy Health, please visit e-mercy.com/physicians.asp or call 513-981-2222.