Preventing Illness and Infection
How to Prevent the Spread of Infection
We are moving into the fall and winter season when flu and other contagious illnesses tend to become more prevalent. Recent media reports have also highlighted concerns about contagious viruses such as H1N1 and other types of influenza, mononucleosis, staph infections and meningitis.
We encourage you to take the following precautions to reduce your risk of illness at home, school or work and help you have a healthful and safe fall and winter.
- Clean hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Get vaccinations for such illnesses as influenza and meningococcal meningitis.
- Cover your mouth when you cough, using disposable tissues or cough into your sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Remain at home and away from others until 24 hours after fever is gone.
- Practice good cleaning habits in your home and work environments, including disinfection of surfaces and weekly washing of bedding.
- Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with dry bandage
- Avoid contact with other people’s bandages and wounds.
- Avoid sharing personal items such as razors or towels.
- Wipe off exercise equipment before and after you use it.
- Obtain medical care as needed.
- Remain at home and away from others until 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen.
Recent media coverage has focused on the H1N1 virus. Symptoms of H1N1 include the following:
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- body aches
- diarrhea (in some cases)
- vomiting (in some cases)
Emergency Warning Signs: If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek immediate emergency medical care. In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
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WHERE TO GO IF YOU ARE SICK
If you have insurance or can pay cash:
- Immediate Care, 4722 W. Kellogg (take West Street exit), 316-440-2565
- Take Care Clinics (inside some of Walgreen's), 1-866-825-3227
- West Wichita Minor Emergency Center, 8200 W. Central (across the street from Bishop Carroll High School), 316-721-4910
If you do not have insurance:
- E.C. Tyree Health & Dental Clinic, 1525 N. Lorraine, 316-681-2545. Take proof of income. There will be a minimum charge of $30.
- Brookside United Methodist Church Clinic, 2760 S. Roosevelt, 316-652-0152.
- Hunter Health Clinic, 2318 E. Central, 316-262-2415. Taka picture ID and a check stub for the last 30 days. Visits are pro-rated based on income.
For more information about the prevention of disease, access the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site at www.cdc.gov.