As part of our mission to improve regional health, our goal during flu season is to educate the community about influenza, how it’s spread and how it can be prevented.
Likewise, all Scripps facilities have robust infection control procedures in place to protect our patients, staff and visitors at all times.
During flu season, we want you to be healthy and stay healthy. If you become concerned about any flu symptoms that you or your loved ones develop, we’re here to help. Please contact your Scripps physician for personal guidance.
Flu is a year-round illness. Learn about flu and how you can protect yourself.
Influenza is a respiratory virus that is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing. You can prevent the spread of flu through everyday actions including:
- Getting vaccinated
The single best way to stay healthy during flu season is to get immunized. It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine, even if the flu season has already started. Call your doctor to get the flu vaccine. If you need help finding a doctor, call 1-800-SCRIPPS. Flu vaccines are also available at many retail locations. Visit the HealthMap vaccine finder to find a flu vaccine vendor near you.
- Washing your hands often
Proper hand washing can help remove flu virus germs on your hands. Be sure to wash with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners can also be effective.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Germs can spread that way.
- Staying home if you are sick
Going to work or school can make it easier for the germs to spread to others. If you suspect that you have the flu, stay home and limit contact with others.
- Covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
Use your sleeve, or use a tissue – not your hands. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it and wash your hands at the earliest opportunity.
- Keeping surfaces clean and disinfected by using a combination detergent and disinfectant product
You can also use a cleaner first and then follow with a disinfectant. Use sanitizer cloths to clean keyboards, phones, remote controls, hand-held games, door handles, steering wheels and other objects shared with others. Also, thoroughly wash drinking glasses and eating utensils. Studies show that the influenza virus can remain viable on objects and can infect a person up to eight hours after being deposited on the surface.