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January 17, 2014

Flu season is upon us

NORMAN — The daily task detail at some workplaces now includes swabbing telephones and keyboards with wet wipes. Churches are removing the holy water from vestibules and handshakes are followed by trips to the sanitizer bottle.

The flu season is upon us. State officials say 12 persons have died and about 400 persons have been hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, with more than 150 of them in the past week.

Health department officials say persons who have the flu can spread it to others even before they feel sick. An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

In addition to getting your flu shot, the Cleveland County Health Department reminds you to wash your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based products; make respiratory hygiene a habit including using tissues to cover coughs and sneezes. If you don’t have a tissue at hand, use your sleeves and never your hands.

Additionally, stay home from work, school, and other public places if you are ill. It doesn’t help the work product to make others sick while you are just trying to be on the job.

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